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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Martin Niemöller quote redux

First they condemned the liberation theologians, but I didn't speak up for fear of being labeled a commie sympathizer.

Then they condemned homosexuals as 'intrinsically disordered' and silenced those who ministered to the GLBT community, but I said nothing for fear of attracting unwelcome scrutiny or suspicion.

Next they forbad discussion of women priests and excommunicated a man for publicly advocating women's ordination, to serve as a warning to others, and it worked: we shut up.

Then they fired a suspected liberal editor whose only transgression was giving equal coverage to opposing views, so we learned not to be fair and not to oppose.

Then they hijacked our Mass and crucified the English language and they tortured our grammar and theology beyond recognition, and we responded, "And with your spirit."

Now they have come for the Sisters, but as God is my witness, I will never be silent again!

(With apologies both to Rev. Niemöller as well as Scarlet O'Hara for their inspiration.)

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