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Tuesday, May 07, 2002
Peter Nixon at Sursum Corda has a longish piece on the sexual teaching of the church that includes this gem:
We need to understand something about the ethical component of the Catholic faith. The purpose of our moral norms is not solely to guide decision-making in particular situations. Those norms are also meant to shape us into a certain type of people, a people who are “fit for the Kingdom of Heaven,” to use the language of scripture. What we ought to do is shaped, first and foremost, by what we want to be.
When the Church teaches about sexuality, it is trying to say something like the following: We believe that God is calling us to be a people who are capable of making commitments that we will honor, regardless of circumstance, for better or for worse, in sickness and health, as long as we shall live. We believe that God is calling us to be a people who accept children as a gift and who love them for themselves, not because they serve our needs. We believe that our sexuality is a gift from God that, if accepted with reverence, will lead us to become this kind of people.
True ethics are not only normative, they are formative. If you do this and this and this, you will become who you need to be. Absolutely dead on.
[At some point I'm going to learn how to indent quotes so I don't have to italicize. Feh.]
Off again, for an overnight to Greenville - at least it's not raining now.
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