The rains shall wash them and the piteous snows Shroud them, and when the hardy crocus shows A newyear innocence, the rooks atone For man's uncharity
and strip the bone Of shabby flesh--like surgeons, purge away The tatters of encumbering decay.
At last, even he acknowledges what is obvious: "His conscience ceased to accuse him of uncharity
. He knew.
Quite possibly, Betjeman may have surprised himself with his affinity for Billy Graham, whom he believed shared his "sacramental approach to Christ" and in whom he found an unexpected catholicity: "[N]either catholic nor evangelical could quarrel with him," he avers, only "the protestant underworld of mad sects, or the arrogant uncharity
of ultramontanes" (12).
It seems as if they operate with a principle of uncharity