Last week we began looking at a fourth sign of holiness to accompany those of Joy, Courage and Generosity already named. Justice is that fourth sign. Holiness today surely has to do with working for justice: Eco, social, economic, racial, gender and gender diversity justice.
In a rather stark example of synchronicity, the Supreme Court, ostensibly an arbiter of justice, delivered its latest decisions at the same time we began our series on Justice and Holiness.
The court struck down laws that acknowledge the unjust history in America that treated slaves as 3/5 of a human being and attempted some remedy done these millions of people over hundreds of years by considering race as a partial dimension in accepting students into higher education as well as loan forgiveness.
Not really “the Supreme Court” so much as six members of the Supreme Court, each chosen by avowed operative of a fascist religious cult, namely Leonard Leo. The same fellow is front and center in photographs of rich white billionaire republican donors buddying up with at least two of these judges on lavish vacations worth multi-thousands of dollars of unreported gift-giving.
No court in the country is so compromised as this so-called supreme court. But they go on and on, lacking any shame whatsoever for their crimes. (Yes, it is a crime for public officials to take bribes and it is a crime not to report such “gifts” and it ought to be a crime to jeopardize the reputation of the third branch of government).
Advancing blithely on and passing legislation that a clear majority in the country do not want (cf, Dobbs), they act not like a court of jurisprudence but as another legislative branch making laws and tearing up laws that republican lawmakers could not themselves get passed.
I expect universities to buckle down, dig deep, stir their moral and legal imaginations and create end runs around this mistake. We shall see.
Meanwhile, a minority of the court have spoken out eloquently about these damaging undoings of American justice. About vetoing loan forgiveness for students, Justice Kagan writes: “In every respect, the court today exceeds its proper, limited role in our Nation’s governance.”
It will take holiness—and organizing and action and good people running for office and much more including joy, courage and generosity–to move beyond the perfidy of this compromised supreme court.
To be continued.
See Matthew Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times, pp. 109-112.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Defend Diversity students outside the Supreme Court as affirmative action cases argued inside – Students for Fair Admissions ,Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Univeristy of North Carolina. Photo by Victoria Pickering on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
How are you undergoing holiness today by working for justice? What realms of justice are you choosing to work for? What realms of injustice are you choosing to oppose—and how?
The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times
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Foreword by Ilia Delio.
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