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The virginal meaning of the body

This is the ninth of a series of posts outlining St. John Paul’s thought on embodiment and sexuality. For the previous post in this series, go here.  Having outlined the meaning of the human body and sexuality from ‘the beginning’ in the state of original innocence, and also for ‘historical’ man fallen but redeemed, there yet remains one final perspective to explore so as to complete our outline understanding of the significance of the human body: that is, the resurrection of the body. St. John Paul II calls this the ‘third component of the triptych of Christ’s own statements, the triptych of words that are essential and constitutive for the theology of the body.’ (See Theology of the Body, 64:1) Exploring the meaning of the body from the perspective of the resurrection of the body is important towards understanding the full meaningfulness of the human body, precisely since there is ...

The redemption of the body 

This is the eighth article in a series outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You can read the seventh installment here. In his consideration of the redemption of the body St. John Paul again takes the words of Christ from the Gospel of Matthew as his point of departure: ‘You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you: Whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart’ (Mt. 5:27). Though the words of Christ here reported are serious and severe, and might even appear as an accusatory rebuke, as well as a negative evaluation of the body and sexuality, St. John Paul II rather reads in them a resounding call to rise above sexual sinfulness and realise the proper greatness of sexual love. While the words initially represent simply a confirmation of the commandment, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ they also forcefully represent a clear appeal to the human person to fulfil the commandment against adultery not only superficially but also in the innermost depth of the heart. Christ points us into the interior depth because it is ultimately in the heart that human behaviour is determined and from the heart—as the source of desires both good ...

An open letter to bishops on the topic of homosexuality at the Youth Synod

Dear Bishops of the Holy Catholic Church, When I was made aware of the efforts being made by pro-LGBT groups trying to persuade Catholic Bishops to change Church teaching on homosexuality, specifically at this year\'s Youth Synod, it devastated me. As someone who has not only grown up in the Church, but has also come to love her and her teachings for myself, I would hate to see her teachings altered in any way, especially in a way that could cause such a grave amount of damage. I wish then to lay my heart bare, and to share some of my story and my convictions with you, dear Bishops of the Holy Catholic Church, and plead with you to keep the Church\'s teachings on homosexuality good, true, and beautiful. I am a 22-year-old young Catholic woman that experiences same-sex attractions... Read the full article here.   Avera Maria Santo is a member of Courage International and ...