My life there and afterwards

Can they change?

Someone said to me “I’m sure you realize that we cannot change anyone.” Yes, I do know that I cannot change anyone. Not only can I not force anyone to change, but I don’t want to use force against anyone, having suffered force against myself for far too long. But I do think we can bring influence to bear on situations and groups. Not only can we, but in some instances we have a duty to speak up to make sure the voice of reason is still heard.

I also HOPE that the Community of Jesus can change. It would take a major shift in their xenophobia* for this to happen, but I think I still have a small part to play concerning this. I identify with what Jesus spoke about when he said, as quoted in Luke 12:2, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” and “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”

If they have done nothing wrong, it will do no harm for me to proclaim what I experienced there, and if there are some things that they should be held accountable for, then it is past time for that to happen.

* Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an In-group (The Community of Jesus) towards an Out-group (the rest of the world), including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of the out-group’s activities, aggression (in their teaching), and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity (everything needs to be pure and perfect).
Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action urges all governments to take immediate measures and to develop strong policies to prevent and combat all forms and manifestations of racism, xenophobia or related intolerance, where necessary by enactment of appropriate legislation including penal measure. (taken from Wikipedia, parentheses are mine)

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