Friday, November 13, 2009

The Vatican vs. Gertrude Stein (Part XXIV)

THE VATICAN: The sexual activity, in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted, is, as the recent Council recalled, "noble and worthy.'' Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the procreation and education of children. The right and lawful ordering of birth demands, first of all, that spouses fully recognize and value the true blessings of family life and that they acquire complete mastery over themselves and their emotions. For if with the aid of reason and of free will they are to control their natural drives, there can be no doubt at all of the need for self-denial. Only then will the expression of love, essential to married life, conform to right order.

GERTRUDE STEIN: There is no pope.

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