I have been greatly distressed by the news coming out of State College, Pennsylvania. I am greatly saddened by what is reported to have happened in the athletic facilities at Penn State. I’m saddened that a legendary career has ended this way. I’m not condoning or ignoring any of what happened But, I need not add my condemnation. There is condemnation enough.
Rather, I’m willing to standby the Penn State community and Coach Paterno because sometimes we are called to standby those who must bear the consequences of their own decisions and actions. We are called to add our strength to theirs to face what must be faced. I’m willing to stand by the Penn State community, including Coach Paterno, for that reason.
In regard to Coach Paterno particularly, I’m willing to stand by him for an additional reason. The whole of a life should not be judged solely by its failings. Sometimes we are called to standby someone to bear witness to that which is good and noble in them also.