Wednesday, October 26, 2011

the corruptions of power...caveat emptor

Today, a friend sent along a link to an Associated Press exclusive about the limping attempts to reform the Legion of Christ, a Roman Catholic Church affiliate that has been criticized in the past for covering up its pedophile depredations.

Aside from any sex-scandal outrage that may be rekindled by the story, I thought it was a wonderful description between the lines of the ways in which organized power structures (in this case religious) can seek to mollify or squelch the legitimate and sometimes horrified concerns of the very constituency that makes that power possible.

The current Occupy Wall Street effort comes to mind....

As does the observation of Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

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