The Corner

Loaves and Fishes

From the November issue of Episcopal Journal, a monthly “produced by and for members of the Episcopal Church in the United States and abroad.”

Front page lead headline, on the Occupy Wall Street protests:

Season of Protests

In the search for justice, you’ll find Episcopalians.

Editorial on page 2:

Is Jesus among those occupying Wall Street?

The editorial answer is: “sort of.”

What would Jesus say about the folks currently occupying Wall Street and the financial districts in other cities in our nation? Perhaps he, like those at Trinity Wall Street, would neither endorse nor condemn this particular movement, but he probably wouldn’t be surprised by it.

Depend on Episcopalians to take a firm, uncompromising stand. The editorial drifts leftwards as it proceeds, though. Near the end:

Certainly there are many wealthy people and corporations — and even churches — that devote a major part of their assets to aiding the less fortunate. But the Christian message is not just about charity but about justice — creating a world where all are empowered to live fully, as God intends them to live, without worrying about feeding their families or paying for medical care.

I thought that creating worlds was the job of the Big Guy … but my theology is notoriously weak.

Anyway, that’s what the Episcopalian Jesus wants: for someone else to feed our kids and pay our medical bills.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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