Many people have noticed how touchy WELS members, pastors, and seminarians can be when Holy Mother WELS appears less than perfect. Our dear friend used that term about the LCA, long before I knew it was a serious term for Catholics, as in Holy Mother Church. One of the famous pastors in the LCA used to say, "Holy Mother Church is a whore!" He was speaking of the visible church, the organization.
Holy Mother WELS is especially thin-skinned about all crticism. For example, when a Milwaukee reporter asked SP Gurgel about a pastor living in adultery, the primate's response was to find out who told the reporter, not to fix the problem. The same District Pope who allows the adultery to continue has gone into a pastor's office to say, "You will resign voluntarily and get three month's salary, or I will fire you on the spot and you will get nothing." I am not talking about one time but many times.
By they way, some ousted pastors in the WELS/ELS are now talking about how demonic their fomer synod is. However, they said nothing at all when the same things happened to many of their fellow-pastors. And that is why, dear friends, it continues. The bullies are cowards, afraid of negative reactions. If conservative pastors ever showed some spine, things would be different. But that would require trusting the Word of God instead of Holy Mother Synod.
The Glory Has Departed