Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

nationalmarathonlogoThe equinox has come and gone. Easter will arrive after the next full moon!

“Praised be the Lord Jesus Christ!”

“Praised be His Holy Name!”

This is the exchange I had in the middle of Columbia Rd., N.W. at 8:30 this morning.

The brother was wearing a tanktop with “Jesus is Lord” on the back.

Don’t talk to me about basketball, because…


1. Kim Mulkey was NOT disappointed on Wednesday evening. (Baylor is, in fact, on a roll.) The 2008-09 Georgetown Hoyas season is now only a painful memory.

2. My aunt and my mom are both beating me in our family NCAA-brackets pool.

Instead, let’s talk about the National Marathon. Actually, let’s talk about the 13.1-mile half-marathon. I have been too busy blogging to train for the 26.2-mile race.

The course passes many interesting places, including…

…the location from which the best politics blog on the web is published.

AND…

glenwood…the church where I celebrated my father’s funeral Mass three years ago.

AND…

…Glenwood Cemetery, where my dad is buried.

So I ran this one in honor of J. Kirkwood White, may he rest in peace.

My dad was not perfect, but he certainly never tried to hand me a condom. That would have been a tacit encouragement to fornicate.

St. Jerome said: You know you have preached well when they are weeping after you finish. If they smile and applaud, you are useless.

We often hear people moralize incorrectly. Growing up involves sometimes listening to people tell us that something is bad, when in fact it is perfectly fine.

stjeromeI had a running coach in high-school who said it would be better to let the opponent win, to help his self-esteem.

I did not object to the coach’s advice. I just ignored it, and unleashed all the fury I could muster.

My point is: the natural reaction to false moral advice is to ignore it.

On the other hand, when someone points out our real moral failings, we have a tendency to get angry. When the preacher hits the mark, people either repent, or they get vehemently upset.

It could hardly surprise anyone that the Pope would say, in answering a reporter’s question, that condoms are dangerous and evil.

What is the explanation, then, for the widespread outrage over this unsurprising statement? The Pope does not have the power to stop the U.N. or anyone else from handing out condoms in Africa. If what he is saying is wrong, why not just ignore him?

The Holy Father sees the question from the proper perspective. Behavioral scientists do not. The proper perspective is the perspective of human morality, not some pseudo-science that fails to distinguish between human beings and animals.

If you really want to prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, encouraging fornication is not the answer. The condom-distribution racket comes from the false ideology of sexual libertinism, not the science of public health.

Pope Benedict arriving in Angola yesterday
Pope Benedict arriving in Angola yesterday

2 thoughts on “Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

  1. Actually Father some behavioral scientists are saying the Holy Father is correct. I notice the secular press always talks about the Church banning things (like condoms). The Church doesn’t ban anything. It teaches. One is free to accept or reject that teaching. My the Lord give Benedict many more years.

    By the way, I was at your mass last Sunday. Wonderful homily. You always pack a lot of good stuff in them.

  2. Fr.

    I agree whole heartedly with your comments concerning the media’s treatment of BXVI. A few quotes come to mind while on this topic:

    “If certain things I shall say are resented, please believe me that it is not my intention to hurt, but only to draw attention to the truth. A quality of truth is that it hurts when refused; when accepted it no longer hurts”
    – Fr. Dudley’s book, You & Thousands like You.

    Also John 15:18 – If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.

    When the media criticizes the Holy Father, we know he is doing something right. Unfortunately this is the world in which we live.

    Viva il Papa

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