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01 January 2011

My Operative Theology

"When you accused me of being blithe a moment ago, it stung.  I had to tell myself, and I have to tell you now, that a priest is not a sociologist or politician or labor organizer.  He is simply a mediator between God and man.  He must keep his function pure, even though, as Leo XIII has shown, the Church is not indifferent to economic ills...Only poets can write poetry; only women can bear children.  Only a priest can remind men that God forever was, is now, and -- come hell, high water or technology -- always will be."
Henry Morton Robinson, The Cardinal, p. 357.