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Perpetual Adolescence The Most Serious Consequence?

Part I  of II

Today, July 25, is the 45th anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae.

This may be the document represents the Catholic Teaching that is our present day fault-line.  The practice of artificial contraception has brought the cultural divide between Catholics and others right into the Church itself.

Along with widespread dissension in practice has come a severe abuse of the teaching and understanding of following one’s informed and truth-searching conscience.  It has always been true, in part that the Church has taught that you must follow your conscience.  But it is wrong to suggest that this alone represents the Church Teaching on matters of conscience.  The Church and your salvation require you to seek truth always and remain open to the truth when you find it.  Has the truth of Church Teaching on contraceptive been so elusive to those who claim to be following their conscience, or has the truth been rejected to pave the way to satisfy an urge that is far less understood than the Teaching?  How many people are controlled by their sexual urges, rather than demonstrating a true mastery over the urges?  Whatever one does not master will only serve to enslave.

Relying on artificial contraception is an easy and deceptively flawed alternative to self-mastery.  Giving one’s responsibility over to dangerous and faulty technology is reflective of both human nature and an era where we have been conditioned to question God existence and man’s purpose, but to welcome technology as the savior of life and the quality of life.

Artificial Contraception has posed a formidable challenge to responsible sexual relations within marriage alone by giving a false illusion that one can safely and surely evade the consequences associated with a reproductive act, namely reproduction of the human species in the form of a baby.  Such deception leads us to what may be the most dire consequence of artificial contraception, that being the deception of evading consequences of one’s actions.

Dr. Theresa Burke, Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, has explained that when one has sought to evade responsibility, particularly one as serious as matters of reproduction, pregnancy, and a new life, the person’s psychology can be affected concerning all duties.  In further explanation, she spoke of a child being dependent on an adult.  An adult is one who, in addition to taking care of one’s self, can take care of others.  An adolescent is growing from that childhood stage to adulthood but hasn’t yet attained adulthood.  The adolescent has begun to take on responsibilities for self but has not yet fully embraced the responsibility of caring for another.  To think one has successfully evaded the consequences of one’s actions will stop the emotional maturation process until the individual returns to assume the responsibilities of the matter or consequences earlier eluded.

The maturation process can be stopped while the person continues to grow chronologically and in knowledge.  It is the maturation of the psycho-emotional aspect of the person that suffers the stagnation.  This is all particularly pronounced when the responsibility is evaded during adolescence.   Thus, we have chronological adults who are emotionally in their adolescence.  If responsibility for one’s actions is never assumed and shouldered, the individual may live a life of perpetual adolescence where accountability is actually sought to be passed onto others for other matters.  It is a form of a disintegration of the person from one’s actions.

Both contraception and abortion can have perpetual adolescence as a consequence.

Glory and praise to the Preborn Christ!

Part II will be made available late on July 26, 2013.

Structures of Sin Can be Undermined and Destroyed

In yesterday’s blog posting, there was a reference to Blessed John Paul II’s explanation of “Social Sin” or rather “Structures of Sin.”  Blessed John Paul II, in his Encyclical, “On Social Concern,” went beyond just saying that these Structures of Sin will only be undermined and dismantled through personal holiness.   In short, this statement is true but is also an incomplete exposition of all that Blessed John Paul II had written as the means to rid society of a Structure of Sin.

Blessed John Paul II had written of three specific elements necessary for each person to pursue and put into regular practice to take down Structures of Sin.  The first is personal holiness supplemented with solidarity with the victims of the structure(s) of sin and then followed with personal choices that reflect the real practice of virtue overcoming temptation to contribute another sin to the already accumulated sin.  The latter two indeed grow from personal holiness that will also fortify the solidarity and personal choices.

A devotion to the Preborn Christ opens up all sorts of possibilities concerning solidarity with those who are dependent, the defenseless, the confined,  and the threatened among so many others whose very existence and dignity remain disrespected and unprotected.

A devotion to the Preborn Christ is dependent on a touch of grace that overcomes so many cultural prejudices that first needs the opening of one’s eyes to Jesus in the womb.  Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. John 20:29

Let’s pray for all of us who are blind that we too may see the Preborn Christ as Elizabeth did when filled with the Holy Spirit during the Visitation.  May her words of exclamation then be ours also, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  Luke 1:42

Glory and praise to the Preborn Christ!