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When facing the difficulties of secular culture, we have two major options: to accommodate the culture or to hold fast to the truth. I think we now have enough evidence to certify that the first option leads to death. Literally, Christian churches are dying out because they have lost their faith and their commitment to the truth. When we as individuals abandon the truth, the same thing happens to us as well – we surrender the source of life that comes from our faith.
Of all the sticking points in the battle between secularism and Christian faith, sexuality stands out as possibly the dominant issue. It has become only too common to explain away Christian teaching as ancient cultural norms that no longer apply or even to link them to close minded bigotry. Jesus didn’t really say that we couldn’t divorce, right? Paul didn’t really condemn homosexual acts, did he? Most would say, it’s simply unrealistic to hold to these outdated and bigoted norms.
Issue - Catholics - Contraception - Debate - Centers
The most contentious issue for Catholics remains contraception. The debate centers on playing conscience and authority off of one another. What’s really at stake is the nature of marriage and sexuality as intrinsically fruitful and ordered toward life. Contraception changes the very nature of sex, closing it off from its true order and turning inward toward self-satisfaction.
Fifty years ago, Pope Bl. Paul VI reaffirmed the Church’s timeless teaching against contraception. He rightly affirmed that cutting the marital act off from its intrinsic order toward fruitfulness likewise undermines the unity of the spouses. The two are intrinsically tied together. Paul faced a level of dissent unparalleled in the history of the Church, and his teaching still faces serious attacks today.
Archbishop - Samuel - Aquila - Archbishop - Denver
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