Thursday, September 16, 2004

Peter Sean Bradley on "Charity, Chastity and Commmunity'

Peter Sean Bradley ("Lex Communis") has a good follow-up to my post on NOR's attack on Dave Morrison:
. . . I've long found Morrison worth reading on a regular basis. Because of his background and ministry, he's one of the few writers I'm aware of who is dealing with the subject of what it means to be unmarried and to aspire to fidelity to the teachings of the Church. Although Morrison often writes from the perspective of his experience with "same sex attraction", the issues he addresses are directly transferable to people with "different sex attraction." Heterosexuals are not excused from the moral call to chastity, however much that heterosexuals may want to turn a blind eye to the moral significance - from an orthodox Christian standpoint, the "perversion" - of the pre-marital or extra-marital sex which is celebrated in our sex saturated culture. For that matter, the Five Goals of Courage are a good starting point for heterosexuals who seek to "live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church's teachings" on sexuality.

And that last observation leads to an insight which would blow the minds of the writers at the New Oxford Review. Morrison's ministry is not limited only to those living with some degree of "same sex attraction." The example and insights of Morrison, and those courageous others who find a way to live a life of chastity and dignity in the face of their "same sex attraction," provides a prophetic call to straights, normal folks, heteros who think that their own promiscuity is no big deal since, after all, they are normal, straight and hetero.

Mark Windsor ("Vociferous Yawpings") and Christine ("Laudem Gloriae") have good posts as well on the topic.

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