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Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, November 4, 2016

Roman Catholicism’s View of Sex

(I’ve used these quotations in a 2014 article about contraception, but when I came across these in a file this week I decided that they needed to be in a post of their own, explaining the absurdity of the Catholic view of sex.  They explain why priests can’t marry, why Mary must remain a perpetual virgin, and why they consider contraception to be evil.)

St. Augustine by the end of the fourth century, had developed the doctrine of original sin in such a manner as virtually to equate it with sexual pleasure.  Soon the conviction was firmly entrenched that, inside or outside of marriage, an act of intercourse propelled by desire and consummated for pleasure is always wrong.  Perpetual virginity thus came to be considered the highest good and absolute celibacy was required by all who would take churchly vows.  Marriage was permitted  as a concession to the weak but, even within marriage, intercourse was looked upon as a necessary evil legitimate only for the propagation of the race.  Augustine regarded marriage as a kind of confessional arrangement, a sacrificial means of forgiveness for the sin involved in the pleasure of coitus; and Aquinas, arguing that wedlock with intercourse is really more holy, quoted with approval the saying of philosopher Xystus: ‘He who loves his own wife too ardently is an adulterer.’’ . . .

[U]ntil it forthrightly affirms the legitimate place of sexual pleasure as a unitive embrace, without regard to procreation, the [Roman Catholic] church will continue to encourage the ancient idea that there is something inherently evil about the sex act itself.  And mere endorsement of the rhythm method is no such affirmation.  The most debilitating thing about the rhythm method is not that it imposes an abnormal limitation upon the expression of marital love, but that it undergirds the false idea that sex is a biological appetite that can be scheduled — like eating or sleeping.  If we hold to the principle that the only purpose of intercourse is procreation and carry this principle to its logical consequence, we cannot avoid the grotesque conclusion that all intercourse after menopause is illicit.

Serious anthropological confusion lies at the root of all this antisexualism.  Whenever there is a confusion about the nature of man there will always be confusion about much else.  Religious antisexualism emerges from a sadly limited definition of man, a view that divorces sexuality from his total being.  Such a view segregates sex and translates it into a limited set of actions that may be regulated by law, or discarded with impunity.

(William S. Banowsky, It’s A Playboy World, p.74, 76)

As St. Augustine notes, "Intercourse even with one's legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented.  (Catechism, para.55)

(Remember, Augustine is also the guy who brought us what is now known as Calvinism, replacement theology, as well as a lot of spiritualizing of Scripture!)


Anonymous said...

wonder why it's called "Calvinism" if Augustine brought it?
Maybe because Calvin didn't invent it?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Because Calvinists don't want to be called Augustinians?

Stan said...

Glenn, I've seen you assign that stuff to Augustine before. Can you point me to a source (you know, where I can see what Augustine wrote about those things)? I'm curious (not argumentative).

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Stan,

Well, I trusted my sources which I note when it comes to what he taught in regards to sex; the book I cited and the Catechism of the Catholic church.

I've read many places where Augustine is known as the father of Roman Catholicism. The replacement ideology was taught by a few early Christian writers who also spiritualized Scripture, but Augustine formalized it in his "City of God" and brought it into the Catholic church. As for the overall spiritualization of many parts of Scripture, Origen and Tertullian did a lot of that, which Augustine again pretty much formalized in his teachings that entered the Roman church.

As for precise references, all I can say is that you should be able to Google these particular teachings in regards to Augustine (which is what I did to find his teachings in regards to replacement theology).

If you mean what is now known as Calvinism (the whole TULIP thing), Dave Hunt's book, "What Love Is This?" has lots of citations demonstrating where Augustine taught it (as well as several other books I've read on the topic over the years). And Luther taught virtually the same thing, but both Luther and Calvin just brought it over from Romanism.