Rod Dreher Goes to Bat for Steve Brady in the comments box below
I don’t blame Brady et al for their anger. Nor do I fault them for the work they’ve done in exposing the rot. I’d be angry too. Hell, I *am* angry. I think they have played a valuable and necessary role and I commend them for their courage in doing so.
I’m simply looking ahead. The people who are used by God in one hour are not necessarily the people for the next hour. US Grant was the general who won the war. This does not necessarily mean that he was the ideal president for the peace.
However this plays out over the coming years, the bottom line, I believe, is that anger will not be what establishes true healing. Will it have been an essential component? I think the evidence is already in on that: yes. It was necessary to get angry and to get off the clericalist plantation in order to get some movement. If Jesus can do it, so can we. And it will, for the foreseeable future, be part of what laypeople will have to do, I think, since many of the bishops do not appear to be acting out of much beyond CYA motives and so getting them to act will be like getting a jackass to move. But I am too much a student of history to have anything but profound distrust for reform movements that view anger as food instead of medicine. The French Revolution and the Russian began with legitimate anger against entrenched and self-serving power elites too. The revolutionaries had every right to be angry. But they forgot that Anger is always and only medicine. It is a germ killer. But merely killing germs is not enough. The body must then heal itself. And in the end, it is still love, not rage, that empowers the body to do this. That’s not me talking, that’s Paul in Ephesians 4.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.