From the November/December, 1999 issue of Touchstone
A Kindly Heresy by Louis R. Tarsitano

A Kindly Heresy

Louis R. Tarsitano on Niceness

More than twenty years ago, an Episcopal priest, a truly lovely man who had done me no end of kindness, looked at me as if I were insane when I explained to him that I was sticking by the old Book of Common Prayer, no matter what. He offered what was, to his mind, the unanswerable argument for his own position in favor of the new religion, in the form of what he thought was a rhetorical question: “You don’t really believe that the burden of your sins is intolerable?” To his chagrin, I answered, “Yes, I do.”

He was still kind afterwards, but a distance had opened between us that I was never able to find a way to bridge. The older Book delivered . . .


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