What is Parris's feeling towards the congregation in The Crucible?

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Parris isn't exactly the image of a small-town minister that humbly shepherds the flock that is his congregation. Parris simply does not appear to love the members of his congregation. He sees them as a part of his job that he is struggling to hold on to, and he sees the members of his church as a means to an end. This is probably why John Proctor is able to confidently state that he doesn't see the light of God in Reverend Parris.

I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it.

Proctor is a devoted member of the church, and he has proven that by helping to build the very church that Parris now occupies; however, Parris seems to be money-focused, materialistic, and overly concerned about appearances. That's why he preaches about golden candlesticks rather than about the spiritual well-being of his congregation.

Since we built the church there were pewter candle-sticks upon the altar; Francis Nurse made them,...

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