The Associated Press is reporting on a story about a Catholic priest in New Franken, Wisconsin, who gave his church organist of thirty-five years a surprising ultimatum; quit her sex toy home party job or quit the church.Link
Apparently after meeting with Linette Servais, who is 50 and apparently does most of her work for no pay, to express his dissatisfaction with her other work (you know the work that pays), Rev. Dean Dombroski sent a letter to his congregation explaining that "Linette is a consultant for a firm which sells products of a sexual nature that are not consistent with Church teachings" and that she would have to make a decision. Linette, who says she started selling sex toys after treatment for a tumor left her experiencing sexual dysfunction, says the decision was easy; she’s still selling sex toys.
Linette is not the only woman of faith who has made sex toy sales her ministry. And while part of me is wondering where in the Church teachings it says Thou Shall Not Sell Sex Toys, knowing the kind of poor quality merchandise her company carries, I have to wonder, as the kids say, WWJD.
Reader comment: Pete Duniho says,
Reading the quote from the letter by Rev. Dean Dombroski, "Linette is a consultant for a firm which sells products of a sexual nature that are not consistent with Church teachings", it seems entirely plausible that the reason that the "products of a sexual nature" are not "consistent with Church teachings" is that they are of sub-standard quality. Perhaps Servais could have resolved the conflict simply by switching to a different supplier of products, rather than quitting her church job. :)The Lizardman says,
As you postulated about the organist fired for seeling sex toys WWJD, I think its almost obvious he would opt for biblically inspired sex toys.
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