…and much better than what’s coming out of Protestantism.
I had planned a big post about this, but to be honest I don’t want to give it that much thought because some of it is disturbing. So I’ll be brief.
What we’re seeing in Protestantism, even the Evangelical strain, is a lowering of sexual morality. This is highlighted nowhere better than Neo-Reformed mega-man Mark Driscoll’s (prolific) opinions about what sexual practices are acceptable for married couples. Tim Challies, another popular Protestant pastor, wrote a series of blog posts critiquing Driscoll’s disturbing conclusions about sexual activity in marriage (first one is here). I only skimmed those posts because I don’t want to read any kind of details on perversions.
Bad. Wrong. Degrading.
But the problem is: sola Scriptura can be interpreted to mean, “hey, the Scriptures don’t say that X sexual activity is wrong, so we have Christian freedom to do so, if everyone involved is okay with it and it’s not against the law.” And who’s to say that that is a misunderstanding of the Bible alone? In Protestantism, it’s all opinions, and whoever is the loudest or most charismatic often influences the most people. Driscoll is an example: a hip, fun, loud, brash preacher.
Solution: Catholic teachings on sexual morality.
Pick a book, any book, whether the new Theology of the Body translation by Waldstein, one of Christopher West’s works, or another ToB synopsis. Take a class (or start one) that goes through West’s CD volumes on it. Read the catechism and other documents on sexuality. Read Mulieris Dignitatem and Humanae Vitae.
In Catholic doctrine, the full dignity of husband and wife is preserved. And the proper understanding of the Bible is safeguarded by the Apostolic Tradition and the right use of philosophy.
God bless. Please share your thoughts on good resources for people interested in Catholic teaching on sexuality.