Note to Pope Francis: sex is more than just sex

Pope Francis is boldly liberalizing Catholic teaching on sexual matters. Or so it is commonly believed. In earlier ages of the Christian Church, both East and West, its canons and its teachings
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Pope Francis is boldly liberalizing Catholic teaching on sexual matters. Or so it is commonly believed. Whether it is just or unjust, accurate or inaccurate—and perhaps my note will turn out to be less a reminder to the pontiff than to those who hear and read him inaccurately—Pope Francis is enthusiastically applauded by a broad and admiring audience for bringing the Roman Catholic Church up to date on matters of sexuality, primarily by putting them into a proper perspective. In earlier ages of the Christian Church, both East and West, its canons and its teachings always understood human sexuality as having a very powerful effect upon the human soul, and hence much deserving of pastoral counsel to safeguard its salutary employment. Now, however, this view has become unfashionable and many believe the Pope is helping the Church to finally realize (as the nineties’ refrain echoed, from the dismissal of Bill Clinton’s amorous adventures to the glib laugh-line on Sex and the City) that. . .

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