Thursday, October 1, 2009

Feet of Clay

Jake is having a discussion about institutions and authority. There seems to be a convergence of issues related to these questions, including some rather high profile criminal cases. Power,as they say, corrupts.

Bishop Charged with Solicitation

Bishop in child porn case surrenders

Sex abuse cover up by LA Diocese alleged

A correpondent of Andrew Sullivan writes,
For the Church itself should have remained a pilgrim. No cathedrals and episcopal palaces. No mitres, croziers, and gorgeous vestments. No princes of the Church. Just plain men and women going out to find and care for lost sheep, the wisest among them showing the way by example and quiet counsel.

It might have gone that way. It could yet. But the need to overawe people and demand obedience from them is powerful and seductive. It is a part of that world that the kingdom of heaven is not of.
But me, as usual, I turn to my favorite philospher:
For, though I speak it to you, I think the king is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me: the element shows to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions: his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet, when they stoop, they stoop with the like wing. Therefore when he sees reason of fears, as we do, his fears, out of doubt, be of the same relish as ours are: yet, in reason, no man should possess him with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it, should dishearten his army.*

*(Wm. Shakespeare, Henry V, IV:i)


Grandmère Mimi said...

IT, I almost cried while reading Jake's post, and then I did cry when I read TheraP's and Lois' comments. Jake struck a chord all right.

IT said...

Fling your knapsack over your back, Mimi, and lead your group on to the trail. ;-)

it's margaret said...

Yes, I agree.