Readers of this blog know that I am a fan of TED.com.
They also know that we are approaching the half-way point of Holy Week.
Those who follow the saga of Fr. Maciel and the Legionaries of Christ know that there are a host of fiercely held positions about the disgraced Founder and the future of the Congregation. Some believe and hope that reform is possible, others want to see the Legionaries suppressed. Others find it difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the scandal. Others criticize the Vatican and condemn Pope John Paul II because he supported Fr. Maciel.
Those good men who remain in the Legion, collaborating with the Vatican, trying to discern and be faithful to their calling do so in the sight of highly opinionated onlookers. Most of the onlookers, especially those who frequent blogs about the Legion of Christ or Regnum Christi, believe they hold the correct, rational position. Indeed they assume that those who do not agree with their carefully thought out positions are ignorant, stupid or evil.
Kathryn Schulz is a journalist, author, and public speaker with a credible (if not necessarily enviable) claim to being the world's leading wrongologist. Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, the Boston Globe, the "Freakonomics" blog of The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She is the former editor of the online environmental magazine Grist, and a former reporter and editor for The Santiago Times, of Santiago, Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East. A graduate of Brown University and a former Ohioan, Oregonian and Brooklynite, she currently lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
Karen just recent spoke, at TED, about "Being Wrong." The video lasts 17 minutes and fifty two seconds.
If you have strong opinions about the Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Maciel, and the Vatican, you owe it to yourself to spend 17 minutes listening to Karen. If you are a Legionary, or you are related to a Legionary, you should find some solace in her words. You may find yourself revisiting the notion of "God writes straight on crooked lines". No matter your opinion, Holy Week is a good time to ponder the words of St. Augustine, "I err, therefore I am".
Here is the link to TED: Kathryn Schultz: "On Being Wrong".