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*Image: The Three Witches (or The Weird Sisters) by Henry Fuseli, c. 1782 [The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA]

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing, April 22, 2021

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer.  …


Anthony EsolenSearching for fault, it seems, is the great political and religious hobby of our time.  Social media would collapse without it.  But Christians should beware. Love, says Saint Paul, is not glad to find injustice, but rather is gladdened by the truth.

Of course, there is plenty of injustice to find, but it is rare to see someone who eyes his own sins, supposing that he recognizes what they are, as closely as he eyes the sins of other people.

We all play before an audience, and that includes the most appreciative audience we can find, namely ourselves.  In our fallen natures we are all Pharisees.  Who knows the public moral delicacies of the cannibal? …