It takes three to make a quarrel. The full potentialities of human fury cannot be fully achieved until a friend tactfully intervenes. – GK Chesterton

That said, I shall tactfully intervene anyway in the three way discussion between Emily Stimpson, Kathy Shaidle and Amy Welborn on the bishops propose Day of Reparation. Basically, I think they all have a point. Yes, I agree with Kathy and Amy that the call for such a day, coming from the people who have the most reparations to do and from men so reluctant (still!) to acknowledge out loud and clearly their own spectacular faults is stinkier than Al Sharpton’s shorts. They will get no quarrel from me about the utterly tacky impropriety of these guys acting as the messengers for such a call.

BUUUUUUUT! Emily’s still right. Think, people. Think supernaturally, not politically. Aren’t reparations in fact what we want to see happen? And does not our God still answer prayer? It was utterly inappropriate for Caiaphas to say, in a spirit of cynical realpolitik, that it was better for one man to die than that the whole nation perish. His office made him a true prophet despite this. It was in complete insincerity that Pilate wrote “IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM”. God made it truer than he ever dreamed. I say: I don’t care who issued a call for a day of reparations, nor what their motives were: the fact is, I do want to see the Church repaired, and so do we all. So let’s pray. It soitantly couldn’t hoit!


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