The Diary of a Country Priest Themes

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Injustice

Dr. Delbende describes injustice as the normal condition of man. He says the only difference is whether the person treated badly suffers with or submits to the injustice. In his final thoughts, the priest states that he is lucky that he has never suffered any true injustice, a statement that seems almost paradoxical. In fact, the priest may have suffered the worst injustice of all. Although he neglected his health to serve his parish, the people of the parish do nothing but treat him unfairly. Even in the act of helping a woman find peace in God, he is made out to be a cruel monster. As the priest embodies a faith and belief system, others find odd and even repulsive, his reputation is slandered and his job as a priest jeopardized. However, the priest is one who has submitted to injustice. He does not let it rule...

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