The World's Most Zealous Defender of Christopher West writes
Is it "possible" to look upon someone naked not your spouse without lust? Not only is it "possible"--it's "required" for purity of heart. It's *necessary* that we be able "see rightly" in this regard if ever we are to pass through the active and passive purgation of the senses and toward the deeper "illuminative way" of the spiritual life.
Now he's not saying merely that lust is a sin and that we should mortify it.
He's saying that in order to approach mystical union with God, one is required to look at naked ladies without lust.
That's your homework, in other words. Get to it.
If you stumble upon a popup ad featuring a naked lady and you avert your eyes, you are a coward who is far from the illuminative way. Avoiding a near occasion of sin is peanuts compared to engaging near occasions of sin head on - perhaps even bookmarking them, one might imagine.
Well, I hope to leave this subject for a while, for normal people have been spared this pathology. Normal people simply lust and get over it. Normal people have no need to spiritualize lust, to rationalize it and turn a sin of the flesh into something far worse.
This strange Gnosticism only works on Catholics of a certain ilk, Catholics who can only exist in a peculiar cultural and intellectual ghetto where the Faith no longer seems to address real things or real life, a ghetto where we have fashioned a god to serve our desires. Yes, we fashion such a god, and we wear our fashion, spun from the invisible and make-believe cloth of charlatans, leaving us Naked without Shame, strutting about like fools through the City of God.