Sunday, October 11, 2015

How's Your Sex Life?

NOTE: Remember how the synod started last year?

If only Pope Francis weren't running a Secret Synod, the Bear is certain we could be laughing as much as we are crying.

Any synod that has an elderly couple bragging about their 57-year sex life has to be rich. The Bear can see it now. Cut to a tight shot of the man's face (which wears a satisfied expression), as he says, "Ask your doctor if Cialis is right for you."

Alas, there is little humor in this sorry synod, and the Bear's pot of poison in which to dip his pen is running low.

Here is a quote from G.K. Chesterton, though.

Christianity is always out of fashion because it is always sane; and all fashions are mild insanities. ...The Church always seems to be behind the times, when it is really beyond the times; it is waiting till the last fad shall have seen its last summer. It keeps the key of a permanent virtue.

And the contrary sums up the synod. The Church is chasing after the world, not instructing it, not inspiring it, not encouraging it to be a better place. The "key of permanent virtue" turns out to be not so permanent after all. In a very real sense, the problems the synod is addressing are the fruits of the sharp rebellion against Humanae Vitae, which rebellion grew from the same rotten soil as Vatican II.

Sex is recreation. That is the motto and epitaph of the West, the Church not excluded. As the Aussie couple with the 57-year sex life -- 55 of it married -- boasted, "marriage is a sexual sacrament with its fullest expression in sexual intercourse." (Kids, don't worry: mom and dad will never embarrass you by publicly discussing their elder-sex, no matter how smokin'.)

Sex is recreation. And across the West the greatest demographic disaster in history -- greater than the Black Death -- is snuffing out an entire civilization. The priest who bemoans the lack of vocations is the same priest who "pastorally" encourages young couples to let their conscience be their guide when it comes to contraception. We have entire generations of priests who cannot grasp the simple math that it takes a bit over two children, on average, just to maintain a population. You want vocations? Lead us back to big, Catholic families. Because mom and dad (did the Bear mention they have a great sex life?) are unlikely to encourage their precious only child to become a priest.

Sex is recreation, and the only sacrament the world is willing to recognize. Real Presence? Medieval superstition! Sex? Now we're talking!

If the Church fathers were right to find features of the Christian era in the Old Testament, some pungent language from Ezekiel and Jeremiah comes to mind. Israel's unfaithfulness is described as prostitution. Now there's some sexual recreation! "But trusting in thy beauty, thou playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and thou hast prostituted thyself to every passenger, to be his." (Eze 16:15).

Pray that the Church does not play the harlot in this synod. Pray that she listens to the voice of her Bridegroom: "And it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery." (Mt 5:31–32).

At the end of the sexy septuagenarian's talk (which also included an endorsement of homosexuality) the clerics clapped. Ironically, the frisky Aussies discerned the real issue behind the bishops' hand wringing. As Malcolm Muggeridge observed, "Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society."


  1. Sex is recreation.

    Sex is more important than the Holy Eucharist, too.

  2. I'm trying not to conclude that this is what was meant by "the smell of the sheep."

    Feeling Queasy

  3. I just typed my comment.....for all it is worth, I joined the Catholic Church after Vatican. I did not have anything to protest about and I believed all that the Catholics believed! The Latin Mass captured me Sep 2009 thanks to am observant seminarian.

    Patricia in St. Louis

    1. A belated welcome home! (The Bear is, of course, a convert, too.)

  4. Very eloquent, Bear. Very eloquent.

  5. Recreation as opposed to procreation. Sex turned inward and self regarding, as opposed to oriented to the other. Curiously like the novus ordo.

    1. The current liturgy is fine. Save your off-topic and gratuitous swipes, please. Bear hates to moderate comments.

    2. The current liturgy is fine? The Bear must be hibernating.

    3. My research has indicated you don't get more or better Jesus at a TLM. Therefore a liturgy that literally brings to me the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the humble appearance of bread and wine is, indeed, fine. In fact it's literally awesome. I respectfully invite you to consider, just for a moment, that Jesus may not be as concerned with our liturgical preferences as we are. Just a thought.

  6. O Bear - (does one use the vocative to address a good bear?) - how well you speak here.

  7. Good post. Shared on FB, Google and Twitter. Tibi gratias!

  8. Unfortunately, St Maria Gorettis' experience was a nightmare and her resistance to a sexual attack ended in her death. She is known for her purity and her mercy toward her murderer who served time and had a conversion of his soul. Read the story.

    Her relics (ie, her body) are making a tour of the USA this fall. Please note that her relic is on display at the St. Peter Cathedral, the See of the Belleville IL Catholic Diocese on Monday Oct 19. 7 am to 11 pm veneration. Mass at 7 pm. What a privilege! The only StL area visit. No Missouri visits posted. Not sure any in KY either!

    She is in Northern IL and Wisconsin this week. Chicago tomorrow. Police escort.

  9. Agreed, completely, the church is chasing after the world. It will come back with it's hands empty, because the world has nothing to offer it.
    Not only do our pope and clergy fail to comprehend it takes more than the replacement number of two just to keep a population going, but they have made the case, and are still making the case, that we must, out of "mercy", take in tens of thousands of Syrian muslims, and that if we fail to do so, are are clearly "without mercy". They fail to do math again, or just don't care, because we know muslims have very large families with sex, seven, eight children, and Westerners have...less to none. I used to fail math, but even I can extrapolate the results in twenty or fifty years. Is it because Cardinals don't have children or grandchildren that they don't seem to care that Western culture is now and will be overrun by a completely incompatible force? One that has shown nothing but hostility and violence to Christians and Jews?
    How does this make any sense on any level, whatsoever? It is national and cultural suicide. Yet the USCCB promotes it relentlessly.
    These men, are completely out of touch.


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