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A 2006 Church of England report warned that disagreeable congregants, together with the pressures of the church’s “feudal system” bureaucracy, were turning priests harshly negative and creating an “irritable clergy syndrome.” One of the report’s authors told The Times of London in December that priests are bothered by “having to be nice all the time to everyone, even when confronted with extremes of nastiness,” such as aggressive and neurotic parishioners
The traditional Christmas Nativity play at St. Stephen’s church in Tonbridge, England, centered on music from the Beach Boys, with Mary turning into a “surfer girl” to sing “God Only Knows” and the Three Wise Men portrayed as Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson performing such favorites as “Fun Fun Fun” and “Good Vibrations” (according to a December Agence France-Presse report). Said the pastor, “(N)ativity plays … can just be a bit dull. (This) made it more realistic.”
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