The New Yorker (I'm not a regular reader, but saw it linked at Uniwatch, and I wonder why I never get anything done...) has an interesting (and long, 8 pages) article on David vs. Goliath, as applied to life.
In the article, the question is posed: do we 'fight' on Goliath's terms, or David's?
When David ran forward to challenge Goliath, the terms of the battle changed; and as such, David took a distinct advantage, which helped bring about his victory.
As I read it, I'm thinking about many things: vocationally related, we're trying to attract vocations on the terms of the culture, not on the terms of the Church. When we do so, questions such as celibacy and permanence of ordination arise, because they are terms set by the culture, for better or worse.
When we talk about doctrine in the Church, there is a constant struggle over whether or not it is popular/popularist. But Church doctrine is TRUE, not a matter of popularist opinion.
So, how do we 'take the fight' to the Culture on our terms? I'm thinking outloud here, and really interested in furthering the discussion.
How can we be David versus the Goliath who rules today?