Why do Catholics Talk about Sex so Much?

The headlines, of course, are all about the HHS Mandate and response of the Catholic Bishops to last Friday’s blusterfest by Obama. The accepted narrative on Catholics and sex is, of course, that Catholics are mostly repressed, want to keep women enslaved to pregnancy and deep down they just don’t “get” sex the way the rest of the world does.

All of that is false, of course, particularly the last bit. Catholics “get” sex — they understand it more fully, more deeply and more ecstatically than most people realize because the church has admittedly not been great at teaching what she knows, and even when she does teach it, people don’t avail themselves of the teaching. Have you or your friends ever actually read Pope Paul VI’s brief and frankly prophetic Humanae Vitae?

For the past two weeks the Patheos Bookclub has been talking about Christopher West’s latest book, entitled At the Heart of the Gospel. It is an exploration of the saving power of sex — the “saving power of sex! Imagine that — from someone in a church that supposedly knows nothing about sex and doesn’t like it!

You can read the first chapter here.

Better yet, you can listen to him talk about sex, and love and the theology of the body with Tony Rossi:

“I had eaten from what I call ‘the fast food gospel of the culture’ which promises us immediate gratification for all our desires. But by eating the fast food, I ended up like the guy in the movie ‘Super Size Me.’ He ate McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a whole month, and he was dying. That’s me in my college years. I was dying inside . . . John Paul’s Theology of the Body takes us into a banquet!”

Check it out. As Dostoyevsky said, “the world will be saved by beauty”.

Tony Rossi is not the only one at Patheos writing about sex:

So is Katrina Fernandez. Here she is writing about Beautiful sex and the Impact of Porn in Marriage

So is Kathryn Lopez who wants to let the church’s teaching on contraception actually be heard in its fullness, not its caricatures. As does Marc Barnes

To boldly go: where John Paul II has led

Also, check out Brandon Vogt’s review of West’s book.

Yeah…we’re all talking sex. And it’s not the message the mainstream keeps telling you it is. It’s deeper, and it’s authentic, and it makes one rich instead of poor, full instead of empty.

CatholicVote: The poor really don’t spend the day copulating, Mr. Kristof

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