I am not sure how many people have been following the exchange of letters between a group of conservative Catholic intellectuals led by Princeton scholar Robert George and the leadership of the Church of God in Christ, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States.
Here is a taste of a letter from Catholic intellectuals to the Church of God in Christ:
We, the undersigned Catholic scholars, express our gratitude to, and our solidarity with, the Church of God in Christ and Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. We deeply admire your profound commitment and bold witness to the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions and to the protection of the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable from womb to tomb. We applaud your work to uphold marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife and to rebuild the marriage-based family as the fundamental unit of society and the original and best department of health, education, and welfare. We acknowledge with gratitude your devotion to the cause of religious freedom at home as well as abroad and your labors to protect the conscience rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor and people of all faiths and shades of belief.
We pledge to stand with you, our Christian brothers and sisters of the historic Black church, and to work arm in arm with you in Christ-like self-sacrificial love to build in America a true culture of life and of family life. To the cultured despisers of religion and Biblical morality, we say we love you, but we will oppose you—and with our COGIC friends we will strive not so much to defeat you in a cultural and political struggle as to open your hearts and minds to the life-preserving and love-affirming truths of the Gospel that reason knows and faith confirms.
And Charles Blake, the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, responds:
I want to express in the strongest possible terms my profound appreciation for the enormous outpouring of solidarity and love that you and your colleagues have exhibited in your remarkable letter of support for the Church of God in Christ. I was honored that such a distinguished collection of Catholic intellectuals would stand in unity with their black brothers and sisters in defense of life, family, and justice for the poor. The list of signers on your letter of support represents some of the most important scholars in the world. It is not often that the “high-octane wing of the low church” finds itself in dialogue with such illustrious men and women of ideas. Our shared commitment on these issues points to our essential commonality in the ultimate sphere of significance in life: faith in the One, True God. He is the ground of our agreement on issues of fundamental importance.
If I may address you personally, Robby, you have over the years been a faithful source of philosophical guidance and friendship for the Black Church. Of special note is your support for our efforts to protect the rights of the unborn, address challenges in the area of biomedical ethics, and defend the Christian understanding of marriage. Your scholarship has had a profound impact upon the best minds of the Black Church. This influence is increasingly spreading throughout black ecclesiastical circles beyond the realm of the Church of God in Christ. Indeed, your impact is felt internationally.
Some of you may recall our poston the recent March for Life event. We commented on this speech by Church of God in Christ bishop Vincent Matthews Jr. Notice how he links pro-life and Black Lives Matter rhetoric.
How come we don’t hear more about these connections?