“Houston, we have a problem”

Of space suits and ground control.

A once well-known, and now even better known, theologian suggests that our postmodern vulnerability makes almost all of us, believers and not, wonder "what kind of space suit we should have in order to sustain the cosmic tempo with which we are fleeing faster and faster from the gravitational pull of tradition, and we wonder what ground controls would be necessary to prevent our burning out in the vast expanse of the universe. . . "

Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology (Ignatius Press, 1987), p. 85.