Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Here's something you won't see at Condomweal Magazine, Vox Nova and America Magazine

The Vatican has issued a clarification on the mess made out of the Pope's statements on condom use.

It is comprehensive in addressing every inanity by theorists proposing this was the green light for people having irresponsible sex. The focus of Christendom, society and the State is liberating people chained to immoral and sinful practices.

The response of the entire Christian tradition – and indeed not only of the Christian tradition – to the practice of prostitution can be summed up in the words of St. Paul: "Flee from fornication" (1 Cor 6:18).

The statement also affirmed that the Pope was not separating the unitive and procreative meaning of human sexuality.

So much for irresponsible priests like Fr. James Martin who claimed the Pope's statements are a "game changer".

My favorite part was addressed to the luminaries who were frantically asserting the teaching of abstinence was now trumped with the 'pastoral approach' of the "the lesser of two evils":

ome commentators have interpreted the words of Benedict XVI according to the so-called theory of the "lesser evil". This theory is, however, susceptible to proportionalistic misinterpretation (cf. John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Veritatis splendor, n. 75-77).

An action which is objectively evil, even if a lesser evil, can never be licitly willed...

In conclusion, in the battle against AIDS, the Catholic faithful and the agencies of the Catholic Church should be close to those affected, should care for the sick and should encourage all people to live abstinence before and fidelity within marriage.

I'm very relieved the Holy See responded to the pandemonium so thoroughly.


Anonymous said...

I would like to know why Fr. James Martin is so well accepted and quoted by "moderate" Catholic blogs such as The Deacon's Bench and The Anchoress.
I've read his books, and he can't seem to keep himself from including criticism of the Pope and the hierarchy, whatever the subject. This from a Jesuit, who took a special oath of loyalty to the Pope. Doesn't anyone call him out on the lack of integrity he shows in his often disparaging criticisms?


Anonymous said...

You have answered your own inquiry...He is a Jesuit. Just because he is Supposed to have a "special oath of loyalty" to the Pope doesn't mean he does. After all, he is a JESUIT. A lot of people think they are Infallable...yeah, right! They have their own 'tradition' and it surely isn't Catholic.
Jesus Is Lord!