Silence is a Bad Idea
Either we believe in openness or we don’t. If we believe in openness for others, then what does it say about us if we start talking about the virtues of a “respite” when openness becomes inconvenient for us or our allies?
Ever since this appeal for a “blogging respite” was issued, I’ve been looking for the right word to describe it, and I think I’ve finally found it:
It is offensive.
It is an offense against the intelligence of people who have - rightly - insisted on openness in TEC’s dealings, in everything from its own internal financial accounting, to its lawsuits against departing parishes, and everything in between.
I do not doubt the goodness or sincerity of those who desire a period of silence. But while silence in some contexts can provide space for healing relationships, in public affairs it most often serves as a cloak for dysfunctional and destructive actions, even lending them an air of legitimacy.
Matthew 18 is not a gag order. Nor does it right apply to the public actions of church leaders. There has been ample opportunity for everyone involved in this mess to follow Matthew 18. What we are seeing now is almost certainly the failure, of at some of those involved, to follow Matthew 18.
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