Comments on Foxe's Book of Martyrs

The words of He who handled fierce competition among the 12

I thought about that on the way to Indy Michael. You are right. While I could wish your pope had been more forceful in dealing with this point, and the sticky point of the last few years, one cannot decree as wrong what is already known to be wrong.

Jesus had to deal with fierce competition while He physically walked the earth so He probably wasnt at all surprised at the organizational state we find ourselves (Roman Catholic - Orthodox - Protestant). Yet His words ring true in this case, and I believe yours do too. He said "Father ... forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors." We will all find our Lord unwilling to forgive unless and until we forgive those who trespassed against us. I think that applies to both our respective branches of Christianity. Yet, forgiveness is not reconciliation. There can be no level of reconciliation until we each take ownership for our historic role in behavior that shames Christ. From an individual and organizational standpoint may we each discover both: a willingness to forgive, and a willingness to be accountable.

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