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Dirty Hands

While the world was being overwhelmed by the Sexual Revolution, too many Church leaders decided to ignore the hard work of opposing it while appearing busy by meddling in affairs which needed no fixing.

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine, May 25, 2023

Dr. Anthony Esolen is the author of 28 books on literature, culture, and the Christian life, whose most recent work is In the Beginning Was the Word: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John. He and his wife Debra also produce a new web magazine, Word and Song, devoted to reintroducing people to the good, the true, and the beautiful. …

Anthony Esolen

The year was 2004, and instead of watching my beloved St. Louis Cardinals play a do-or-die World Series game against the Red Sox, I was in a conference room speaking with the president of our homeschooling organization, the husband and wife who were challenging him, and a couple of professional mediators.

My friend Chris had succeeded me as the president, and he and his wife had worked hard to provide all kinds of opportunities for the kids—a football club, talent shows, a science fair, and more things than I can remember. But several of the wives had gotten up a grievance against his wife, baseless and slanderous, and factions had sprung up. So, there we were, trying to save the organization.

We failed. So did the Cardinals, 3-0. …

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