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“It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton

   More than the fire hoses and the police dogs of Bull Connors (Chief of Police of Birmingham, AL), I fear the silence of the churches.  The contemporary church is so often a weak, ineffective voice with an uncertain sound.  It is so often the arch-supporter of the status-quo.  Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and vocal sanction of things as they are.  But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before.  If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the 20th century.  I am meeting young people everyday (sic) whose disappointment with the church has risen to outright disgust.”

 

– Martin Luther King, Letters From a Birmingham Jail, 12

“Our problems can only be solved by people of character who actively and without apology take their beliefs into public debate.  That includes Catholics.  We need to be stronger in our public witness, not weaker.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Render Unto Caesar – Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life Read more →

” It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.  It is that they can’t see the problem.”  Gilbert K. Chesterton