I have thought of two specific themes of which I have already spoken and which I would now like to examine further.
Let us return, therefore, to the subject of “God”. The words of St Ignatius spring to mind: “The Christian is not the result of persuasion, but of power (Epistula ad Romanos 3, 3). We should not allow our faith to be drained by too many discussions of multiple, minor details, but rather, should always keep our eyes in the first place on the greatness of Christianity.
I remember, when I used go to Germany in the 1980s and ’90s, that I was asked to give interviews and I always knew the questions in advance. They concerned the ordination of women, contraception, abortion and other such constantly recurring problems.
If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith – a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.
– Benedict XVI, Address to the Bishops of Switzerland, 9 Nov 2006
His Holiness knows he has the attention of the MSM. Read the interview. He is aware of the things being discussed about him. He knows how the media will spin this. What happens when all that spin and hype touting (finally!) a progressive, people’s pontiff backfires? What happens when that smiling, affable, humble “no” — to contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage, women’s ordination — voices once more the unchanging nature of Truth? It should be another sound bite moment.
[Note: The truth is relative at Beer Camp. Vote for Uncle Quartermaster.]