Monday, November 4, 2013

The Theology of the Truth

Pornographer Hugh Hefner, whom Christopher West
says is his hero.
I have sometimes wondered why the most virulent defender of Christopher West and his pop-Catholic obsession with sex also defends Lying When Convenient, in flagrant opposition to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teaching of the Ordinary Magisterium.

John B. Manos gives us an insight at the Bellarmine Forum, where he zeroes in on the main truth of the real Theology of the Body ...

POINT ONE:  the practice of chastity begins with telling the truth.  That’s easy to comprehend.  I really meant it when I posted this article last year – the problem of chastity, even in instructing young people today, is one caused by the crisis of truth in people’s minds and speech.  It’s an easy concept — to delve into the life of promiscuity requires internal lying, and a choice by the unchaste to accept and develop the lies.  If lies are at the root, then telling the truth begin the remedy.  Like all the virtues, it’s such an easy idea to comprehend, but that’s not so easy to practice.
POINT TWO:  there is no defect or grand discovery in Pope John Paul II’s lectures.  The very point of honesty and telling the truth, both with the tongue and with the body was a major assertion by John Paul II.  In several places across many of the lectures, John Paul II makes the point that fornication is but one work of the flesh, that Purity begins in the heart, yet, says John Paul II:
“Impure works in the same sense are defined not only as adultery and fornication, and so the sins of the flesh in the strict sense, but also “‘evil thoughts…theft, false witness, slander.’”
False Witness and slander are lies.  John Paul II makes this connection in many places — why?  Because Catholic tradition has always made this observation of basic human nature!
I challenge you to find such in the “MOVEMENT” afoot today, however.
It follows that liars cannot be intimate with someone, because there will always be a false basis to the things shared between them.  Thus, if a person habitually lies, they cannot, without reformation to truth telling, have a relationship with another person as God intended and made us to.

... and fornication, pornography, sodomy, etc. are forms of lying - lying about the purpose of the Body.

Read more here.



10 comments:

Paul Stilwell said...

"... and fornication, pornography, sodomy, etc. are forms of lying - lying about the purpose of the Body."

Yes, exactly. That's the problem of pornography - it is a lie, and truth is revelation. The problem of porn is not that it shows too much but that it doesn't show enough. It doesn't go far enough. One needs to go deeper with it, not throw it away, because there's a baby in that bath water. God gave us sex as a sign. Our bodies are a sign. The problem is we worship the sign and not what the sign is pointing to. We eat fast food when there is a banquet feast awaiting us. Our bodies are Bic Macs pointing to French cuisine. Pornography gets us to worship the sign, and this is a lie; but at least one who looks at porn is connected with his eros. One needs to penetrate deeper into it and see that sex is a sign that is supposed to rocket us to the stars - to the unending celestial orgasm!

There's a reason why the Song of Songs is in the center of the Bible.

Kevin O'Brien said...

Paul here is quoting Christopher West, or at least writing something that is a jumble of Westian nonsense - but which is very close to the literal words of West and his followers.

Good God, why are we put in a position to defend this nonsense?

Kevin O'Brien said...

It's only crazy pop-Catholics who swallow this. Normal people would see this for what it is - making excuses for lust and porn. Normal people have no problem with lust and porn, but they know a cad and a charlatan when they see one. Normal people who simply sin and move on from there don't need to spiritualize sex. Normal people are immune to this.

Kevin O'Brien said...

Well, you'll have to excuse me, dear readers. I have to go now. I've got to go deeper with porn.

See you in church - or at the unending celestial orgasm!

jvc said...

"It's only crazy pop-Catholics who swallow this. Normal people would see this for what it is - making excuses for lust and porn. Normal people have no problem with lust and porn, but they know a cad and a charlatan when they see one. Normal people who simply sin and move on from there don't need to spiritualize sex. Normal people are immune to this."

This is absolutely true, and it lines up completely with my experiences with "normal people" from all walks of life who encounter West and his followers. Liberals, conservatives, Catholics, Protestants.

Kevin Tierney said...

The issue with porn isn't that "it doesn't show enough", it is that IT SHOWS NOTHING. Being in touch with porn is not being in touch with eros. Eros creates. Pornography DESTROYS. It destroys via objectifying someone. It destroys the communion of face to face, and reduces someone to bodily objects and sounds who exist for our pleasure, instead of fellow members of the human race (phileo) whom we love through sacrifical love. (agape)

This reason above all else is why the teachings of pop culture TOB are so insidious.

Kevin O'Brien said...

Amen.

Kevin Tierney said...

Looking at Mr. Stillwell's blog, it looks like I've been trolled. He agrees with me. I was under the assumption he was being serious.

Well played worthy adversary, well played! Sorry if I came across as overbearing.

Kevin O'Brien said...

No, Kevin, you said some very insightful things, so I'm glad Paul drew you out. I was trying to let people know, with my first comment above, that Paul was pulling our legs. He's certainly learned the jargon.

Joey Higgins said...

Great stuff. I'm helping with confirmation this year and one of the topics is... TOB. Definitely get this in there (age appropriate, of course).