Thursday, January 26, 2017

Libido Redux: California's Proposition 60

The Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ, remains the great exception to the sexual revolution.  Facilitated technologically by the oral contraceptive and culturally by rapid secularization, this revolution successfully separated sex from babies, and, in short order, sex from marriage, sex from love, and even love from marriage, if love is understood to have a sacrificial, enduring character (think “no –fault” divorce).

The sexual revolution has crushed everything in its path, including most, (not ALL) Christian churches in the West, which it rendered both impotent and sterile.  The Catholic Church has been the lone institutional holdout, earning for itself puzzlement from her friends and ferocious hostility from enemies.  Catholic teaching has insisted that both natural reason and biblical revelation teach that sex, love, marriage and children all belong together in the complementarity of men and women made in the image and likeness of God.  For both human happiness and holiness, Catholic teaching holds that what God has joined together, man must not put asunder.

The sexual revolution put everything asunder.  For 50 years its devotees have waited for the day of the great capitulation, when a great collapse would befall the Catholic Church, and it would make its peace with the sexual revolution.  Let us remember that  that the role of the Church is to transform the culture, not to be transformed by the culture…. On this blof I have documented instances of the influenced of the demonic on the secular viewpoint on human sexuality. Some examples here, here, and the latest, California's Proposition 60. As I have said in my book, Paul VI prophetically casts light on the darkness produced by the sexual revolution:

"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, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer his respected and beloved companion."  Humanae Vitae, Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI on the Regulation of Birth (July 25, 1968).

Let the marchers take note.