Between the “John Paul the Great” on one side and the sneering about condoms and abortion on the other side lies the truth. I think Lance comes close:
The good who manage to aquire power do not stay good very long.� Power corrupts does not mean that all hobbits who touch the ring turn into Gollems.� It means that once you have power, your ability to do good is always governed by the karmic equivalent of Newton’s law — for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Power is like a twelve foot long two by four on the shoulder of Stan Laurel.� When Stan turns so he doesn’t hit the passing little old lady with the front end of the board, he whacks Ollie on the back of the head with the other end.
You can’t save everyone.� You can’t be everywhere.� Once you start making those choices, about who you will help, who you will have to leave to fend for themselves, you are doomed.
There’s also a lot of interesting observation about where he took Catholicism. If you’re interested in that sort of thing.