Offence

This post has taken a little longer than anticipated.  A lot seems to have happened in the world and I have had little clarity of thought.

Following the reaction to the Popes’ recent comments I would like to correct those who believe that Christ was never violent.

“After making a whip out of cords, he drove all of them out of the Temple, including the sheep and the cattle. He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and knocked over their tables.”

Every human reacts when they are offended.

I feel privileged to live in a society where I can say and write what I like without fear of persecution or prosecution by the State.  However having this right gives us responsibility in how to excercise it.  We should understand the reactions we are likely to provoke.

The threat and use of violence is just as provocative as an insult.  It is perhaps not surprising that the publishing continues.

I hope but can’t see how one side may be content to just walk away.