Published: 22 October 2007
Sexual purity, along with obedience, were given extraordinary salience.
Hence the tremendous and disproportionate fuss that clergy made in
nineteenth-century France about banning dancing, cleaning up folk
festivals, and the like. Young people were refused Communion, or
absolution, unless they gave these things up altogether. The Vatican’s
present position seems to want to retain the most rigid moralism in the
sexual field. - Charles Taylor