George Weigel has a good article on the Synod on NRO today. He correctly states that the Church will not change her teachings on marriage, the family and human sexuality. However, he misses an opportunity in this paragraph.
What the Catholic Church believes about the ethics of human love and about marriage is not a matter of “attitudes.” It’s a matter of truths. Many of those truths can be demonstrated by reason, if people are willing to work through a reasonable argument. Some of those truths, especially those pertaining to the permanence of marriage, come from the Church’s Lord Himself. (Emphasis mine)
He makes it sound as if the problem is that people just won’t listen to a reasoned argument. I’m not suggesting that we abandon reason. But we have been reasoning ourselves to death and no one is listening. If this debate could be solved through reason alone, we would have won a long time ago.
A more fruitful approach, I suggest, is to note the fact that millions of people have been harmed by the Sexual Revolution. Children of Divorce, Reluctantly Divorced Spouses, Heartbroken Career Women, who have good educations and jobs, but fewer children than they wanted, and many other groups of people, have all been taken in by the false promises of the Sexual Revolution.
- “The kids will be fine as long as their parents are happy. Kids are resilient after all.”
- “Divorce is always mutual. Everyone is better off after a divorce.”
- “Successful, educated women can “have it all,” including complete control over their fertility for their entire lifetimes.”
Rather than trying to “work through a reasonable argument,” why not reach out to these wounded men, women Read more…