Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Libido Redux


Pete Jermann has penned a fine piece putting sodomy, fornication, adultery, and contraceptive sex in perspective as 1) unnatural, 2) disordered, and 3) unloving. Given that human libido is perhaps the most common way in which Satan seeks the ruin of our souls, it should not surprise us that Catholics who remain unpersuaded by Gospel teaching on the sanctity of marriage take issue with teaching bearing directly or vicariously on their sexual lives — homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” premarital sex, adultery, contraception, masturbation, population control, abortion, divorce, remarriage, in vitro fertilization, 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."  Recall too that dissent from Humanae Vitae was paradigmatic of dissent in all moral questions.  My advice to those who still doubt Gospel teaching in our sexually-befuddled world is that it is a fatal error not to observe how the Evil One actually works and why he is so intent on perverting our sexuality, for a Catholic understanding of human sexuality gives us a glimpse of the real mystery of God’s plan to unite all things in Christ. For more on this see Chapter 3 of The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God....