Being Connected with the Church

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“To be connected with the church is to be associated with scoundrels, warmongers, fakes, child-molesters, murderers, adulterers, and hypocrites of every description.  It also, at the same time, identifies you with saints and the finest persons of heroic soul within every-time, country, race, and gender.  To be a member of the church is to carry the mantle of both the worst sin and the finest heroism of the soul…  because the church always looks exactly as it looked at the crucifixion.  God hung among thieves.”

Ronald Rolheiser, “The Holy Longing” quoted in Steve Brown’s “Three Free Sins.”

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