Friday, March 15, 2013

Contraceptive culture denatures the meaning of celibacy

Fr. Dwight Longenecker, "Contraception and Celibacy" (Patheos, March 7, 2013) -- an excerpt:
Artificial contraception has made sex into recreation rather than pro creation, and marriage has therefore changed it’s meaning. Marriage is intended to be a sacrament of self sacrifice. Now for the majority of Americans it is a sacrament of self gratification. Consequently, celibacy has also lost its meaning. Celibacy only has meaning when you understand marriage. Marriage is a life long commitment within which two people grow into the maturity of love and (ideally) do so within the natural dynamic of a large and loving family. Celibacy reflects that love when the celibate person sacrifices marital love and family love to make their own life long commitment to the greater love of God and others.
[Hat tip to Janet Smith]

1 comment:

Ruth Lapeyre said...

Very good article, thanks for posting!