Most criticisms of the Catholic position on sex comes from those who think it's too strict. However, some traditionally minded Catholics think John Paul II's theology of the body too sexual, usually the same well-meaning people who think Vatican II full of liberal ambiguities. The person emailing thinks Theology of the Body puts too much focus on sex, and overly emphasizes the spiritual aspects of sex within marriage. I've interspersed these comments in bold italics below with responses. Christopher West was young when he released his first edition of TOB. Until that time, Pope John Paul II's writing was not very accessible to young people of this generation.
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Faggioni, a Franciscan who teaches at the Alphonsianum, an academy named upon the father of modern Moral theology, St. Alphonsus of Liguori, is one of the most consulted moral theologians and is an advisor to several Vatican dicasteries. In a conversation with CNA, Fr. Moreover, Fr.
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However, in this post I feel compelled to point out a misuse of the theology of the body that never would have been sanctioned by Pope John Paul II. Hopefully, those theologians who were proposing illicit methods of foreplay between husband and wife — under the guise of the theology of the body — have stopped discussing such matters and have repented for having done so. If this is true, I thank them for their courage and faithfulness. There have been a number of discussions on the internet in recent years at Catholic websites , flowing apparently from the publication of books and tapes on the theology of the body, as to whether sodomy as foreplay to natural intercourse between husband and wife is permissible, and some theologians have maintained it is although some are beginning to caution that the practice is nevertheless not sanitary and could be emotionally debasing.
This article raises questions about the problematic interpretation of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body by Christopher West and others who distort authentic education in chastity. Sex ed Mk II Another major factor in the undermining of Catholic morality for millions in the Church was the impact of the Comprehensive Classroom Sex Education phenomenon that quickly won its way into both public and parochial schools as Planned Parenthood and organizations like the Sex Information and Education Council of the U. There is also constant need for a certain sexual asceticism to obtain self-mastery. As a result, all of human life, whether individual or collective, shows itself to be a dramatic struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness.