Thursday, March 28, 2013

Libido Redux

Did you ever notice that when people take issue with Catholic teaching such as in the hoopla over whether or not men should marry men, and women, women, rarely does the dissent concern the Hypostatic Union, the Vatican’s guidelines on road rage, or the Conference on Extraterrestrial life? No, those things with which they take issue bear directly or vicariously on their sexual lives — homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” premarital sex, adultery, contraception, masturbation, population control, abortion, divorce, remarriage, in vitro fertilization, consensual sex between young and old, etc. Remember Our Lord’s words on this: "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man." Perhaps this is why Paul VI saw the unredeemed human libido as a primary way Satan tempts us to disregard Our Lord's teaching on chastity.