Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Validity of a Marriage

Theology of the Body and canon law. There is nothing so helpful as having learned and holy priests weigh in on matters of controversy. More HERE. To quote Fr. Angelo in the comments section:
What I believe many of you really need to think about is that holy modesty is not an option to be only taught to the sheltered and overly pious. It is part and parcel of the virtue of chastity. It is reverence for a mystery. And if a mystery is not treated with the appropriate reverence it is profaned. This is not an abstract argument. The culture needs to be evangelized, but we should be careful not to confuse enthusiasm, as valuable as it may be, with deep transformation. Until many in the TOB crowd learn this, they will continue to undermine the very values that in other ways they so strenuously attempt to defend.


Enbrethiliel said...


The strange (to use the most charitable term that comes to mind!) ideas that come out of the TOB crowd never fail to surprise me. That sacramental grace isn't conferred until a couple consummates the marriage certainly elevates sex to the level of a sacrament, ex opere operato and all. It may be heady and romantic, but it's really nowhere in Tradition or in the Magisterium.

What truly threw me, though, was the anonymous commenter's flippant disrespect of Father Angelo's teaching authority as a priest, on Father's own blog! Yes, it's true that priests have been mistaken before . . . but the assured attitude of the laity that they must be right is something else that is very new.

elena maria vidal said...

I have also found this blatant, public disrespect of priests on the part of Catholic lay people to be astonishing and shocking.

Dymphna said...

I'll be be happy when this whole TOB fad passes by.