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Fracturing the Family

Is St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body outmoded?

Do we need a new theology? How about a Theology of Love?

Writing in the National Catholic Register, Donna Bethell–chairwoman of the board of directors at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia–points out that participants in a meeting of 50 bishops and theologians proposed exactly that. She then adds:

A “theology of love”? I thought we already had that: “God is love.” “If you love me, you will keep my commandments, and my Father will love you, and we will come and make our home in you.” “Greater love than this has no man.”

Perhaps, she continues, it was proposed to move away from the Theology of the Body because it is so comprehensive, so thoroughly representative of the Church’s constant teaching (received from Christ himself). “But for the participants at last week’s meeting,” she explains, “these are new times, and we need a new paradigm to deal with the new ‘lived experience of the faithful.’ We need flexibility, accommodation and tolerance.”

If the line is not where Christ drew it, can there be any line at all?

You don’t want to miss this thought-provoking piece on the Church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality, and their impact on last year’s and this year’s upcoming synods on the family. Click here to read the complete article.
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