Quote: Celibacy and family

"It is true that the historic Church has at once emphasized celibacy and emphasized the family; has at once (if one may out it so) been fiercely for having children and fiercely not for having children. It has kept them side by side like two strong colours, red and white, like the red and white upon the shield of St. George. It has always had a healthy hatred of pink. It hates that combination of two colours which is the feeble expedient of the philosophers. It hates that evolution of black into white which is tantamount to a dirty grey. If fact, the whole theory of the Church on virginity might be symbolized in the statement that white is a colour: not merely the absence of a colour. All that I am urging here can be expressed by saying that Christianity sought in most of these cases to keep two colours co-existent but pure."

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1908

The quote is from chapter IX: "The Paradoxes of Christianity"

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