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The Greatest of these is Love
Transcript of The Greatest of these is Love
on Sexuality The Greatest
of these is Love Why does the Church care what I do with my body? Salvation history in less than 15 minutes I still haven't answered the big WHY The Catholic Church considers it Her sacred duty to safeguard the deposit of faith. The pertinent question is actually this.
"Why does God care what I do with my body?" The foundation of the Christian Scriptures is the book of Genesis. As anyone familiar with the first few chapters can tell you, the Fall of Man begins with a bad meal. We look to Christ to answer that question Empirical evidence
"By their fruits you will know them." The principle prophet of the 'promiscuity gospel' is the late Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey 1 Cor 4:7 "Who confers distinction upon you? What do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?"
The short answer is that Christians believe that our bodies, including our sexual faculties, are gifts from God. Therefore, we must act as faithful stewards of the great gift we have received. I'm not Catholic, and I never voted for the Pope. So, where does the Catholic Church get the idea that She can tell me what to do?
Matt 19:16-17 "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/2:15 John 10:10 "A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." The meaning of life
The core claim of Christianity is that a life based on the proper praise of God (orthodoxy) is the secret to happiness.
Sex is easily one of the strongest desires a person can have, so conforming one's sexuality to God's Will can have a great effect on a person's well-being. What if I don't accept this claim? There are essentially two problems with the Kinsey reports. First, a 6th grade science project typically uses more sound methodology. Kinsey based his data on a convenience sample of about 300 men, most of whom were either incarcerated criminals or male prostitutes.
John Tukey of the American Statistical Association said, "A random selection of three people would have been better than a group of 300 chosen by Mr. Kinsey."
More recently, Judith Reisman states the following in her 2011 book, Sexual Sabotage. References and Suggested Reading http://www.stevegershom.com/
Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19861001_homosexual-persons_en.html
Kohler biographies http://www.swlearning.com/quant/kohler/stat/biographical_sketches/bio15.1.html
Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla
Kinsey and Our Culture, from Concerned Women for America
Sexual Sabotage: How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagion on America by Judith A. Reisman
http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/trends/n_9437/index1.html Second, the list of persons and organizations who have accepted and promulgated Kinsey's pseudo-science reads like a Who's Who of secular authority and sexual dysfunction in modern American culture. The American Law Institute Model Penal Code (ALI-MPC) of 1962
Planned Parenthood and SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US)
The Rockefeller and Ford Foundations
The American Psychological Association (APA)
NAMbLA "Alfred. C. Kinsey was the most effective and deviant sexual philosopher in human history. He was the first acclaimed American scientist to insist that virginity is unhealthy, promiscuity helps marriages, pornography is constructive, obsessive masturbation and bestiality are never problematic, bi/homosexual sex acts are normal, and children are 'sexual from birth' and appropriate sex partners for adults." First, let's examine where this 'promiscuity gospel' came from What does the Catholic Church teach about sexuality? More than any other Christian denomination, the Catholic Church upholds the dignity and value of sex in a marriage between one man and one woman. In fact, a couple that is completely unable to consummate their marriage via the sexual act is not permitted to marry in the Catholic Church. Fornication: Intercourse among unmarried persons is prohibited due to a lack of total commitment.
Adultery: Intercourse between persons where at least one participant is married to someone else violates the faithfulness required of the marriage covenant.
Artificial contraception: Each and every marital encounter must be open to life. Deliberately sterilizing an act of intercourse violates the requirement that intercourse be fruitful. This prohibition applies both to individual encounters as well as surgical procedures designed to sterilize.
Homosexual behavior: Regardless of the feelings and background of persons involved, genital activity among those of the same gender cannot be fruitful and thus is prohibited.
In vitro and other forms of artificial insemination/fertilization: These do not involve a free commitment among spouses and therefore are not acceptable. Masturbation: A particularly insidious activity, intentional stimulation of the genitals outside of a married sexual encounter is prohibited. Masturbation is never fruitful. Additionally, masturbation is regressive, progressive, isolating, and addictive.
Due to the pervasive and socially accepted nature of pornography and other masturbatory materials, they merit particular concern. For every 2 movies made in Hollywood, there are 55 pornographic movies made. Note that nearly every secular sex therapist has viewed sufficient pornography to be considered a sex addict.
In 2009, Simon Lajeunesse attempted a study of the effect of internet pornography on college age men. The study did not happen because he could not assemble a control group. Lajeunesse reported, "Guys who do not watch pornography do not exist." On the subject of sin, consider that evil is not a positive reality. Unlike the Force in Star Wars, evil does not exist in opposition to good. 'Good' refers to thoughts, intentions, and actions that are in conformity with the Divine Will. Just as cold describes an absence of heat and darkness describes absence of light, evil is the absence of good.
What is love?
Relativism and objectivity
Sin and hell In short, no one has ever died from having too few orgasms. However, plenty of people have suffered anxiety, depression, sexually transmitted infections, and death as the fruits of promiscuous sex. The two most infectious diseases in the US, with infection rates of about 1.5 million new cases per year, are chlamydia and gonorrhea.
The next 3 are salmonellosis, syphillis, and AIDS. "Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God's command. This is what man's first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.
In that sin man preferred himself to God and by that very act scorned him. He chose himself over and against God, against the requirements of his creaturely status and therefore against his own good." (CCC 397, 398) Known side effects of hormonal contraceptives include:
Nausea, vomiting, constipation, or bloating
Irregular menstruation and spotting
Breast swelling or tenderness
Weight gain or loss of appetite
Mood swings, anxiety, nervousness or depression
Changes in vaginal discharge and vaginal infections
Headaches, dizziness and fatigue
High blood pressure and cholesterol
Acne or permanent discoloration of the face
Bone density loss
Hair loss or changes in hair growth
Enlarged ovarian follicles So, why does our culture tell us that sex is necessary and indispensable for our happiness? Simple. Follow the money. "There exists a rhythm dictated by nature itself which both spouses must discover so that climax may be reached both by the man and by the woman, and as far as possible occur in both simultaneously."
--Karol Wojtyla on simultaneous orgasm, from Love and Responsibility, 1960 (1981) In his 1968 encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Human Life), Ven Pope Paul IV upheld the Church's assertion that sex must at all times take place within the context of a free, total, faithful, and fruitful marriage. It is according to this rubric that all potential sexual activity is evaluated. A 2012 International Society for Sexual Medicine study found that among sufferers of hypersexual disorder (sex addiction):
28% contracted at least one STI,
39% lost one or more relationships,
and 17% lost jobs due to their condition. In 2009, Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions from which it received over $164 million-- about 15% of PPFA's annual revenue.
In the early 2000s, the National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded $147,000 to Dr. J. Michael Bailey. His project? Paying women to view pornography while gathering machine generated data on their arousal.
In July 2003, a division of NIH, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, paid $26,000 to the Kinsey Institute to host a conference on sexual arousal.
In 2004, the pharmaceutical industry spent $33.5 billion on marketing-- twice as much as research.
In the second quarter of 1998, Pfizer Inc. saw profits increase by 38%. The reason? Viagra.
Top of the line AIDS treatment for one person costs somewhere between $10,000-$15,000.
And don't let advertising and media off the hook. E. Keith Sinkhorn
St. Joseph's Parish
1 Feb 2013 Divorce rates among women who live with a future spouse before marriage are 80% higher than those who don't. A team of Swedish and Japanese researchers reported in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (Jul 2011) that a new and untreatable strain of "super" gonorrhea was found in a Japanese sex worker.
In 2009, the CDC reported that the rate of HIV infection among practicing homosexual males is about 50 times that of the general population. A 2004 report in the American Journal of Health Behavior reported that teenage girls who have sex with more than one partner in a short period of time are likely to engage in other risk behaviors such as fighting, binge drinking, smoking cigarettes, using cocaine or sniffing glue. “The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”
--G.K. Chesterton 'It is, in effect, none other than the teaching of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians when he says that the Spirit produces in the lives of the faithful "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control" (5:22) and further (v. 24), "You cannot belong to Christ unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires."
It is easily misunderstood, however, if it is merely seen as a pointless effort at self-denial. The Cross is a denial of self, but in service to the will of God himself who makes life come from death and empowers those who trust in him to practise virtue in place of vice.'
--Excepted from Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1 Oct 1986, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect So, why would God give such desires to people and then forbid them to act on those desires?
Or, what are we to do if our tastes are not consistent with Catholic Teaching?
We could ask the same questions about anything that God forbids. Believe it or not, there people who derive great enjoyment from arson, murder, and jaywalking. -Naomi Wolf