I had an e-mail recently from New Ways Ministry, talking about a recent press conference prior to the recent visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The three panelists answered the question, “What would you say to the Pope if you had an opportunity to have a conversation with him?” One of the panelists was Gregory Maguire, the author of the novel, “Wicked.” He gave a warm welcome to Pope Benedict, and a touching account of his life as a gay Catholic, raising 3 adopted children with his partner. To me, it was a gentle, respectful, AND direct speaking of truth to power. I don’t know if His Holiness will have the opportunity to hear this beautiful account or read its transcript, but if he does, I hope he can hear it with an open heart as well as with his great intellect.
I thought it a good example of the kind of nonviolence I aspire to – being able to face injustice (of course, people of good will may have different perceptions of injustice in various contexts) directly and respectfully, not giving in to rage and bitterness on one hand, nor to passive resignation and despair on the other.
I’ve included his talk for you to listen to…have some Kleenex handy.