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|No. 15||Roman Theological Forum | Article Index | Study Program||January 1988|
Co-operating with Homosexuality - Brian W. Harrison
The New Morality - A Problem for Doctors - John F. McCarthy
IN THIS ISSUE:
In the January 1988 issue of LIVING TRADITION two aspects of the ongoing 'sexual revolution' are examined from the viewpoint of traditional Christian morality.
Father Brian Harrison points out the immorality of co-operating with homosexual activity and, in general, of subscribing to the false ideas of homosexual activism and of unchaste methods of sex education.
Msgr. John McCarthy analyzes the so-called new morality from statements of some of its leading proponents. He attempts to show that in some respects it has become a problem for medical doctors. To recognize the advanced 'new theologian' and 'sex counselor' as a potential clinical patient is a sobering thought to say the least.
Are we at the beginning of a sexual counter-revolution within Christianity? We very much hope so. The two articles presented here are intended in this direction as a small contribution towards a big new theological effort, based on the appreciation of Christian living as a chaste response to the invitation of God to love Him "with our whole heart, and with our whole soul, and with our whole mind, and with our whole strength," so that, within the context of divine love, we may truly "love our neighbor as we love ourselves" (Mk 12:30-31 par.).
by Brian W. Harrison
by John F. McCarthy
An address delivered by Msgr. John F. McCarthy, J.C.D., S.T.D., President of the Roman Theological Forum, Rome, Italy, at the 1978 Annual Meeting of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 5, 1978A. The Earlier Phase of the New Morality
a) that no physical expression of sexuality is in itself "morally wrong or perverse" (H.S., p. 110); consequently:Human Sexuality is a kind of Kinsey Report for Catholics; its aim is the overturning of traditional Catholic morality. The authors of the Report reduce all human experience to sexual experience, which is seen as the highest goal of human existence. "It is in the genital union," says the Report, "that the intertwining of subjectivities, of human existences, has the potential for fullest realization.... The possibility of shared existence, indeed of intimacy and union, emerges on the horizon of movement toward the other. There is a call, an invitation that goes forth from bodily existence to bodily existence. It colors every transaction between the sexes, adding interest and delight, promising mystery and disclosure and delivery from loneliness. At one and the same time it realizes the self and enriches the other.... Procreation is one form of this call to creativity but by no means is it the only reason for sexual expression.... Sexuality is the creator's ingenious way of calling people constantly out of themselves into relationship with others" (H.S., p. 85).
b) that even those sexual practices which people have up to now considered deviant do not clearly produce evil consequences either for the individual or for society (H.S., p. 77);
c) that the use of contraceptives is "wholesome and moral" whenever it helps couples to build "a community of love" for one another (H.S., p. 127);
d) that deliberate masturbation (even after unresisted indulgence in erotic imagery) is never a serious sin and can be an act of virtue (H.S., pp. 220, 227);
e) that fornication and adultery are in themselves morally good experiences (H.S., pp. 154-158, 178-179);
f) that 'living together,' 'swinging,' and communal sex are not morally unacceptable (H.S., pp. 151-152);
g) that Jesus was indeed opposed to the exploitation of women by men, but He did not prohibit self-liberating, other-enriching forms of prostitution, fornication, or adultery, joyously performed, as long as there was genuine concern for possible third parties involved (H.S., pp. 20-22, 30-31, 96);
h) that homosexuals have a moral right to homosexual activity and to homosexual self-expression in the eyes of civil society (H.S., pp. l98, 214);
i) that it is both harmful and unprofessional to 'moralize' with children who have the habit of sexual intercourse with animals (H.S., pp. 229-230);
j) that fetishism and transvestism are a physiological and therefore not a moral problem (H.S., pp. 230-231);
k) that the only presently effective treatment for transsexualism is a sex-change operation coupled with hormone treatments and supportive counseling (H.S., p. 233);
1) that even hard-core pornography is not immoral for adults except to the extent that it may exploit persons by reducing them to objects to be used (H.S., pp. 235-237);
m) that obscene words formerly not used in decent conversation are now just part of the common vocabulary (H.S., p. 235).