Thursday, January 27, 2005

From Fr Joseph Huneycutt
Partly why Generation Y often aren’t very nice

When, in Tom Wolfe's most recent novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons, Charlotte's mother asks her during Christmas break where students go on dates at Dupont University, Charlotte responds: "Nobody goes out on a date. The girls go out in groups and the boys go out in groups, and they hope they find somebody they like." This is Charlotte Simmons's description of "hooking up." "Hooking up" has replaced traditional courtship and dating among today's college students. "Hooking up" is dating sans courtship or expectations of a future relationship or commitment. It is strictly about user sex. I use you and you use me for mutual pleasure. And liquor is more often than not the lubricant that makes things go.
Lord, in Thy mercy: hear our prayer.

Fr J is also right about contraception, standing with the Popes and the church fathers:

In Humanæ Vitæ, Pope Paul VI warned that the wide-spread use of contraception would lead to "conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality"; he also warned that man would lose respect for woman and "no longer [care] for her physical and psychological equilibrium"; rather, man would treat woman as a "mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion." Why? By breaking the natural and divinely ordained connection between sex and procreation, women and especially men would focus on the hedonistic possibilities of sex and cease to see sex as something that was intrinsically linked to new life and the sacrament of marriage. [Touchstone, Vol.18, No.1, p.39]
Fr J: But I thought all that stuff was due to heterosexism.
The one good thing Pope Paul VI ever did.

This blog isn’t saying, BTW, that sex is only for procreation, rather holding to the relatively recent teaching that the unitive aspect is just as important.

...rather, man would treat woman as a "mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion."
I’m afraid it didn’t always work that way back in the good old days. Fallen human nature and all that.

The state of Christ’s church in Bethlehem

Sponge Bob redux
Answering The Gaelic Starover’s remark that was echoed here

And related to that:

Fr Joseph’s no-nonsense take on homosexuality
The authentic Catholic position

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