Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Living in Sin

Michael finds a bishop he likes! Wonders really do never cease.

I once had a friend who was very keen to be more than a friend. He really didn't get it about the whole Catholic thing though, so I was constantly telling him I wasn't interested, but since he was in other ways quite a good fellow, and quite thoughtful and kind, I didn't tell him to get lost. He knew that I would never indulge in anything sinful with him but he really didn't get why.

Then once, he told me about having lived with a woman for five years. He said that she grew increasingly unhappy and took her unhappiness out on my friend more and more, and of course, they broke up acrimoniously. He told me how much he regretted messing up his "relationship" with this woman.

I said, "Well, I can understand why she became angry with you. You were stealing from her."

He was very taken aback and said, "What do you mean?"

"Well, living with a woman, and having sex with her, without being married is appropriating something to yourself that you have no right to. You were taking the privileges of marriage without being willing to give yourself to her in return. You were stealing something precious and important, something that came out of her soul."

He looked very surprised and this, but finally told me that I had given him an insight he had never had before.

I do feel sorry for people out there in the secular, sexual free-for-all world. I see it portrayed on television shows, and some of them accurately depict how much misery it all causes, but none of them ever have a clew why everyone is so miserable. Unlimited sex was supposed to make everyone happy.

I can attest, it really doesn't.


As an aside, I might have one criticism for Michael's video above. The sarcasm is just a tad heavy-handed, don't you think? But the point is taken.

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Martial Artist said...

Miss White,

I think there may be more to your comment that "none of them ever have a clew why everyone is so miserable" than you may have realized. To wit, they have neither a clew (a metal loop attached to the lower corner of a sail[], providing a secure fixture to which a sheet[•] may be attached, IOW a point of attachment to an ethos such as a practicing Christian typically has), nor do they have a clue[], in the sense of an idea or notion concerning such an ethos.

Mayhap a slight (but accurate) Freudian slip?

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

clew, (def. 3.b)
•—(A rope or chain attached to one or both of the lower corners of a sail, serving to move or extend it.)
clue, (noun, def. 2)

Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, Hilary Jane!

Very interesting, what you said about your friend his ex girl friend. I think one reason why that "relationship" ended so acrimoniously, besides what your friend stole from her (by improperly appropriating the privieges of marriage) was from this woman not understanding what was happening.

That is, the faux liberation brought by birth control drugs, feminism, moral relativism, the current confusion in so many over gender roles, etc., helped to confuse this woman and prevent her from a correct understanding of the problem. Men and women ARE different, their are roles properly belonging only to one or the other, etc. Sex should come only AFTER the man asks to marry the girl. I think her presumed lack of understanding this is what led to the acrimony you mentioned.

Hope this note wasn't too confusing, itself!

Sincerely, Sean

Anonymous said...

You get it all wrong!

The number one metric for a bishop is donation$.

Back in the day when cultural Catholics still went to church out of the goodness of their heart, soft-pedaling the church's teaching on chastity maximized donations by not scaring off potential customers. Besides it would have been rather awkward to chastise the flock for living out of wedlock when the seminaries and rectories were no different.

Now that the cultural Catholics who still go to church are in the throes of senescence, and most cultural Catholics believe that the church is morally bankrupt, the name of the game for bishops is to keep the true believers who actually believe the stuff happy and generous. So why not throw them a few bones?

Make no mistake, bishops who have no problem having chronic rapists represent God in their name would immediately come out for polygamy if there was enough money in it.