TheWarden by Anthony Trollope
TheWarden is a likable and quiet novel that is nostalgic for modernreaders. The book focusses on the current issues that have bedevilledthe church as they used to do so in those times. This is with regardsto the use of money in the church. The argument presented is that thechurch is paying more money to those who have been given chance toserve at the expense of the poor and less privileged who indeed thismoney is intended to help. The writer of WardenAnthony Throllope addresses the issuemisuse, misplaced priorities and irresponsible use of the charitablefunds to benefit those placed in leadership to help the needy.
Asit is today, in those times, churches had men and women greedy formoney. This disease has not left the church. It is still in existencetoday when you see churches, big cathedrals not really interested inthe less privileged people in their midst but only the interest ofthe few. The clergy men continue to enrich themselves with money andmaterial possession as they fleece the church. It is unfortunate thateven the little that is collected to support the needy, does not evenget the right people (Trollope,2006).The clergy and even the members have turned the church into a marketand an enterprise, where business is transacted and the individualshave returns for their transactions.
Thesituation is even worse because in churches today and even then,there is no kitty for the people who are less privileged. They comelike the rest and the church has people who are wealthy and cansupport them, but they continue to languish in poverty and scarcity.This is a sad state of affairs in the church and yet it is the placethat should give support to these people after being neglected by theother people of the world. The church is synonymous with support,sympathy, love and mercy (Trollope,2006).Therefore, when these people who are less privilege come, they expectsupport and care from the church. To the contrary, they meet a rabidcongregation that does not care for them. In fact the one placed inthe offices and places to help them, are not giving them thenecessary care.
Thefinancial and political malpractice in the church is unprecedented.The corruption seen, ranges from simony to nepotism, where therethose relatives that are preferred for appointments unlike the othermembers of the church. The selfishness seen here is ungodly. Thereare people who feel entitled to the church and feel as they own thechurch and it owes them. This sense of entitlement is also the sourceof misery in the church since their decision remains unquestionablesince they own the church. These actions create and increase quarrelsin the church and this is the recipe for breaking churches. It iswidely seen in the congregation as even some members move out toother congregations and or to start other churches.
Wardenpresents a very true and practical scenario that is happening in thechurch. It is a widespread vice in the society that even leaves thosewho are outside the church wonder what happened to the church(Trollope, 2006).The unfortunate state of the church of Christ. It is not the churchthat used to be pure and the known representative church of Christ.In comparison to the current church, there is no match andsimilarities. The discord between the two entities is large andluminously visible. This the author captures so well in writing tothe readers to understand the decay and morass that has caught up thechurch, which was formerly pure and unblemished.
Thenovel presents to us the strength through Reverend Harding. Theauthor describes him as a gentle and considerate widower who is afterthe affairs of the elderly in the hospital with care, and at the sametime is passionate for music and also published a book. Harding has afinely developed and grown conscience, which do not allow him in asinecure that has the capacity to provide him with generous livingfor few responsibilities and using little effort. We see from thenovel that the friends to Harding continually urge him to stay at hisplace but he cannot live at all with the thought that the money fromwhich his income emanates might rightly belong to the paupers whosecare is his responsibility. The modern and contemporary reader mightpossibly think that forgiveness might come for thinking that somelast minute reprieve will solve the problematic dilemma. This remainsto Trollope’s accreditation that there cannot be such melodramaticsolution.
Thechurch with the vast land together with the reservoirs of wealth isused to pay its clergy. Some positions held by the clergy aresinecures. Some of the existing moral dilemma is not just gettinglarge sums of money yearly to which the clergy might not be rightlydeserving, but that the reception of the salary might not be legallyentitled that they receive the salary for totally doing nothing inthose offices.
Themoral problem in the novel remains purely a personal issue. Thestress the Warden displays in his mind can traced by the author, butthere is not attempt made to explore the large and demanding issue ofecclesiastical politics, corruption and even finances. This isdespite the fact that major cases have been mentioned in thenarrative. Indeed, it is not even known the amount the reverend earnsas a legitimate income. The Queen’s council equally did not come toany conclusion on the matter. The most important and significantissue in the church and the running of the charitable organization isleft unexamined. This is blatant neglect of the most important issuesin the running of charitable organization especially the church.
TheWarden presents the reverend as a selfish and derelict in his conductbecause of the abuse of his office. He has been put in office to takecare of the less privileged and further supported by the church, buthe goes ahead to misuse the position of trust granted to him by thevery church. He presents himself as an agent of change andtranquillity and yet he is earning large salaries in comparison tothe other co-workers and yet he even does not do much work as theydo. This is paradoxical especially to happen in a church set up whereall is expected to run smoothly as opposed to other secularorganizations.
Thechurch has remained sick and it still continues in this state. Theclergy is corrupted together with the members. They both have sinnedand fallen short not only of the glory of God as alluded in the biblebut also of men. The author, Anthony Trollope presents this sad stateof affairs in his book the Wardens,howthe church needs to get back to its feet as a result of nepotism andcorruption it has perpetrated,
Trollope,Anthony. “The Warden. “World Greatest Book- Volume 08- Fiction(2006):118-125.Literary Reference center. Web.12 Jan. 2017