December 12, 2005


Pope: Life without sin does not mean life without fun (Nick Pisa, The Scotsman, December 9th, 2005)

Being good does not mean missing out on a good time or that you are boring, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday insisted.

The Pontiff sought to reassure the world's one billion Roman Catholics at a sermon in a packed St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Since becoming Pope in April following the death of John Paul II, Pope Benedict has reinforced the Church's tough policy on birth control and abortion.

In the sermon yesterday, Pope Benedict said: "Man nurtures the suspicion that God, at the end of the day, takes something away from his life, that God is a competitor who limits our freedom and that we will be fully human only when we will have set Him aside.

"There emerges the suspicion that the person who doesn't sin at all is basically a boring person, that something is lacking in his life, the dramatic dimension of being autonomous, that the freedom to say 'no' belongs to real human beings. Man lives in the suspicion that the love of God creates a dependency and that it is necessary to get rid of this dependence and to be full of one's self."

Thank-you, Your Holiness, that needed to be said. The popular notion that the faithful lead circumscribed, boring lives is a great and destructive secular slander. Religious people know very well that their faith brings them not only the gifts of serenity, wisdom and grace, but also a rollicking good time. Although...

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 12, 2005 6:26 AM

it's funny that the left are always going around announcing how they are the smart ones but seem only capable of enjoying base physical sensations (sex, drugs, etc) and eschew anything fun that depends on a little thinking (cards, board games, etc).

Posted by: lennin's toe at December 12, 2005 2:28 PM

The human body has a finite ability for "fun" while the mind has an infinite ability to amuse itself.

Posted by: erp at December 12, 2005 3:33 PM

the first taste is the best taste.

Posted by: lennin's toe at December 12, 2005 4:33 PM

Bravo for the spot-on Chesterton poem, perfectly complementing the link. It's for things like that that I keep coming back to Bros. Judd.

Posted by: John Ziemba at December 12, 2005 5:39 PM