I don't often see apparitions while reading the paper. But a vision came to me as I saw the story on the convictions of the Sanctuary priests and nuns. It was a vision of the death of justice.
That these people could be jailed for their actions comes as a particularly sharp irony at this time. There has recently been a well-publicized effort to refurbish and "face-lift" the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps instead of polishing it, we should all be busy reading it! Whatever happened to "Give me your tired, your poor, your oppressed . . . ?"
These brave clergy are truly the lions of our age. Although they may have violated the letter of the law by sheltering refugees from the Salvadoran blood bath, they certainly acted in the spirit of democracy, a spirit that seems to be lost on the cynical judge who disallowed all testimony in the trial pertaining to the horrific conditions these refugees face if deported back to El Salvador.
Therein lies the chief injustice of this trial! For how can it be called a fair trial if the core issue--the fate facing deported refugees, which motivated the defendants to act as they did--was forbidden to be mentioned?