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April 04, 2005

When the Morning Stars Sang Together

Voice 1: Whence comest thou?

Voice 2: From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Voice 1: Hast thou considered my servant Karol, that there is none like him in the earth, an honest and an upright man, one that feareth Me, and escheweth evil?

Voice 2: Doth Karol fear thou for nought?

Voice 1: But he has been tested...

Voice 2: Tested! Broken, rather. What business had You to cause him to be Pope of this church at this time?

Voice 1: So that all could see a man who was a friend to the poor in body and a friend to the poor in spirit; one who forgave his injuries and his injurers. So that all could see what a True Friend of Mine is.

Voice 2: But You cursed him. Being who he was, born where he was, with the life that he had, he could not but reaffirm the prohibitions against contraception. And even while the conclave to elect him Pope was meeting, the AIDS virus had already crossed the species barrier and was building up its numbers in its first few human patients.

Voice 1: So?

Voice 2: Simply this: his reaffirmation of Humanae Vitae made him the very, very good friend of the AIDS virus--and the deadly enemy of all those with infected sexual partners who believed that barrier contraceptives made You angry. You cursed him.

Voice 1: Have I not done this before?

Voice 2: Yes, You have. But when You pose someone a test you know they cannot pass--knowingly test someone beyond destruction--break them--You have a moral duty to tell them why.

Voice 1: I do?

Voice 2: You do.

Voice 1: Who is this that darkeneth counsel without wisdom? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou Me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together, and all My sons shouted for joy?

Posted by DeLong at April 4, 2005 06:49 PM