August 29, 2002

on Contraception and other Controversies
The Church tries to draw lines that allow her fisherman's net not to be too loose (i.e. to forsake its mission to save souls and protect the deposit of faith) and not too tight (thus that souls lose heart), and those lines are always controversial. The fishies in the net say, "draw the lines tighter! draw the lines tighter!" the fish outside the net say, "make the holes bigger! loosen the net!" Thus alas it has always been, we flit between being either prodigal sons or the resentful elder brothers. I think our present pope, as well as Pope John 23rd, were simply wonderful at being neither prodigal nor resentful - they guarded the faith while not unduly offending the fish outside the net.

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