Via a friend of a friend
on Facebook comes this gem of a quote:
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.
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
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.
These are, of course, the
words of Pope Benedict, spoken to the Swiss bishops gathered in Rome for
their ad limina visit in 2006.
They sound rather
, don’t they?