Our prayers and enthusiastically best wishes must on this feast be with the Papa Stronsay Redemptorists, and their brethren in New Zealand, who keep alive in our own time the charism of that great Doctor of the Church. I hope that today the Fathers and Brethren may be allowed some festive relaxation of their labours! Ad multos annos!!
Descending from the sublime to the depressing, I wonder how S Alfonso, a magnificent exponent of Moral Theology, would be ... well, is ... responding to something some woman said on the Home Service this morning. Arguing that a very expensive drug which prevents Aids/HIV should be made available on the NHS to promiscuous homosexuals who might not bother with Safe Sex, she said that this would would be of value to the whole community because we are all at risk of contracting Aids.
Really? A husband and wife neither of whom has ever had intercourse with anybody else? A homosexual couple neither of whom has ever had sexual contact with anybody else? Who have never injected drugs? Well, I suppose that anybody can catch Aids if they have a rogue GP who reuses dirty needles or if something goes wrong in the Blood Transfusion service, but what percentage of Aids sufferers falls into those categories?
It reminds me of hearing, not long ago, one of the advocates of the Libidinous Society saying that Sexually Transmitted Diseases are a risk for "everybody who is sexually active".
How is that true for a couple neither of whom has ever had another sexual partner?
So, according to fashionable linguistic usage, when a married couple neither of whom has ever had intercourse with anybody else get into bed together and make love, they do not qualify for the lofty modern status of being "sexually active". This is not even new. I recall an American series we had decades ago on TV called Cagney and Lacey in which we were once told that one of the pair was "married" while the other was "sexually active".
I think there should be a Dedicated Title for the elite and dominant Filthy Classes, I mean, for those who operate on the assumption, and are permitted relentlessly to promote in the Media the idea, that everybody is automatically promiscuous.
Taking my lead from Pope Benedict XVI's use of the term "the filth", I suggest "the Coprocracy".