Sex,Sexuality,even Marriage, is Evil (Gnosticism)
Kudos to Fr Robert Barrone for spelling it out so clearly:The source these quotes are taken from are cited.
Throughout the history of religion and philosophy, a puritanical strain is indeed apparent. Whether it manifests itself as Manichaeism, Gnosticism or Platonic dualism, the puritanical philosophy teaches that spirit is good and matter is evil or fallen. In most such schemas, the whole purpose of life is to escape from matter, especially from sexuality, which so ties us to the material realm. But authentic Biblical Christianity is not puritanical. The Creator God described in the book of Genesis made the entire panoply of things physical — planets, stars, the moon and sun, animals, fish and even things that creep and crawl upon the earth — and found all of it good, even very good. Accordingly, there is nothing perverse or morally questionable about bodies, sex, sexual longing or the sexual act. In fact, it’s just the contrary. When, in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus himself is asked about marriage and sexuality, he hearkens back to the book of Genesis and the story of creation: “At the beginning of creation God made them male and female; for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two shall become as one. They are no longer two but one flesh” (Mk. 10:6-8).
Free Love is the Answer,as long as no one gets hurt.
Free love is nothing more than self gratification and has nothing to do with love. So where the puritan strain of the Gnostics says that matter is evil and man shouldn’t marry-free love makes the claim that evil is good. We can do whatever we like(licentiousness)as long as no one gets hurt. Not the case. What we do has consequences. Gnosticism makes the human evil. Moral Relativism makes all human behavior-even evil-a good. Good defined as what makes one FEEL good.
Catholic teaching gets it right.
People will claim that the Catholic Church is rigid,unchanging,cold and lacks understanding of the human condition. Nothing could be further from the truth.It’s about what makes us MORE human.
It is fundamental to Catholic spirituality and morality that everything in life must be drawn magnetically toward love, must be conditioned and transfigured by love. Thus, one’s business concerns must be marked by love, lest they devolve into crass materialism; and one’s relationships must be leavened by love, lest they devolve into occasions for self-interested manipulation; even one’s play must be directed toward love, lest it devolve into mere self-indulgence. Sex is no exception to this rule. The goodness of sexual desire is designed, by its very nature, to become ingredient in a program of self-forgetting love and hence to become something rare and life enhancing.
The Sexual Revolution was supposed to improve relationships and our ‘being open’ was supposed to be a boon to a good marriage.
Our sexualized and open culture,birth control, easy access to contraceptives and the redefinition of marriage[same sex ‘marriage’] is supposed to be an asset to good marriages,right?
Yep, #loveislove. The divorce rate in the U.S. is close to 50% meaning 1/2 of all marriages end in divorce. How about young people getting married? Fact: the marriage rate today is “the lowest in recorded history.”*We hear all the time that young people are just not getting married.What this adds up to is about half of those who are married end up divorced; and those that have never been married aren’t particularly thrilled about getting married.
I would say it all shoots down the slogan, #loveislove. Doesn’t seem to be too much of it going around.
*Marriage and Divorce: Changes and Driving Forces
Now the argument for same sex ‘marriage’ is that it will not affect my marriage personally.Makes sense.Of course it won’t. My own marriage does not stand or fall on what same sex partners are doing. What it does affect is the institution of marriage itself. Marriage is one man/one woman for life. It’s not spelled out by the founding fathers because it never had to be.It was understood.Nowhere in the Constitution is such a right for same sex marriages spelled out. Never had to be. The definition of marriage was understood.
Now the states have laws governing marriage(ie age of consent,polygamy and bigamy are felonies) but marriage was understood to be between one male/one female.In many states sodomy was considered an illegal sexual act.
“Prior to 1962, sodomy was a felony in every state.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy_laws_in_the_United_States
Now, according to the same article, 14 states’ statutes purport to ban all forms of sodomy (which may also include oral intercourse), regardless of the participants’ genders: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, andUtah.
Our state recently recognized same sex marriage against the opposition of our Gov.I called his office and it didn’t seem to be a battle he wanted to fight nor could win-at least that’s what his office told me.We’re being pushed into accepting same sex ‘marriage.’ Cajoled,pressured, shamed into acceptance even when it’s against our conscience. Kids are being indoctrinated into accepting same sex attraction as normal. The People speak(by vote)and the liberal judges overrule. It’s not how we operate in the U.S.
Yes, i can feel for folks who have the disorder but i do not have to accept a redefinition of marriage especially when marriage is already under attack.
Marriage is UNITIVE and PROCREATIVE.It is where families begin. It is where socialization and gender identity begin,with mom(female) and dad(male).
Pope Paul VI warned what would happen if the unitive and procreative nature of marriage were removed through artificial birth control.
He wrote in Humnae Vitae re the Regulation of Birth July 25, 1968
Read Full Encyclical Here: http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_pa06hv.htm
This love is fully HUMAN:
This love is first of all fully human, that is to say, of the senses and of the spirit at the same time. It is not, then, a simple transport of instinct and sentiment, but also, and principally, an act of the free will, intended to endure and to grow by means of the joys and sorrows of daily life, in such a way that husband and wife become one only heart and one only soul, and together attain their human perfection.
Then, this love is total, that is to say, it is a very special form of personal friendship, in which husband and wife generously share everything, without undue reservations of selfish calculations. Whoever truly loves his marriage partner loves not only for what he receives, but for the partner’s self, rejoicing that he can enrich his partner with the gift of himself.
The transmission of human life:
11. These acts, by which husband and wife are united in chaste intimacy, and by means of which human life is transmitted, are, as the Council recalled, “noble and worthy” , and they do not cease to be lawful if, for causes independent of the will of the husband and wife, they are foreseen to be infecund, since they always remain ordained towards expressing and consolidating their union. In fact, as experience bears witness, not every conjugal act is followed by new life. God has wisely disposed natural laws and rhythms of fecundity which, of themselves, cause a separation in the succession of births. Nonetheless the Church, calling men back to the observance of the norms of the natural law, as interpreted by their constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marriage act (quilibet matrimonii usus) must remain open to the transmission of life .
Another words not every conjugal act will result in conception and there are some couples-who for one reason or another-are unable to conceive BUT male/female are ABLE to reproduce. Male/male is not.Female/Female is not.Ever. Under any circumstances.There is the difference. Same sex relations by their biological & physiological nature is not capable. It’s not humanely possible. We’re not made that way.
Human Weakness and the Consequences:
Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men — especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point — have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium,
Let it be considered also that a dangerous weapon would thus be placed in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies. Who could blame a government for applying to the solution of the problems of the community those means acknowledged to be licit for married couples in the solution of a family problem? Who will stop rulers from favoring, from even imposing upon their peoples, if they were to consider it necessary, the method of contraception which they judge to be more efficacious? In such a way men, wishing to avoid individual, family, or social difficulties encountered in the observance of the divine law, would reach the point of placing at the mercy of the intervention of public authorities the most personal and most reserved sector of conjugal intimacy.
The rewards of discipline in marriage:
Such discipline bestows upon family life fruits of serenity and peace, and facilitates the solution of other problems; it fosters attention for one’s partner, helps both parties to drive out selfishness, the enemy of true love; and deepens their sense of responsibility.
Remember this as you observe our country today
OUR DIGNITY AS HUMANS
Will have one more entry on the topic. It will be the conclusion.