Friday, August 12, 2011

Bishop Jean Laffitte weighs in on "Theology of the Body"

Bishop Jean Laffitte, who is the Secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Family was interviewed by EWTN News at CNA on certain aspects of, "Theology of the Body". You may recall that there was a very public and strong debate taking place in the wake of Christopher West's appearance on Nightline in 2009 and that continued into 2010. 

I am only going to provide a snippet from the opening of the lead-in article, but if you have a serious interest in this topic, read the full interview slowly, and carefully

From CNA/EWTN News:

.- Bishop Jean Laffitte is warning against focusing too intently on the sexual aspect of Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body, which he says runs the risk of eliminating the depth and “mystery” involved in human and divine love.

“The problem is, if you focus only on sexuality you can't develop beyond that, and you don't see that this beauty is a gift given by the Creator but in a much wider context,” said Bishop Laffitte, secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, in an interview with CNA. 

In an Aug. 3 interview, Bishop Laffitte weighed in on the current debate on how best to interpret the late pontiff's teachings, saying it is essential to first understand God's design in creating man and woman.

Pope John Paul II's teachings on human love and sexuality – a collection of five years’ worth of his Wednesday audiences from 1979 to 1984 – is widely seen as unprecedented in the history of the Church.
I'm sure this will bring a new round of discussions.  

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