People are reacting in different ways to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, but there are several goodies that you won’t hear about from the media or your local left-leaning Catholic outfit. Take paragraph 155:
(155) Human ecology also implies another profound reality: the relationship between human life and the moral law, which is inscribed in our nature and is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an “ecology of man,” based on the fact that “man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.” It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.”
That rules out gender ideology and homosexual behaviour, which are a denial of the gift of sexual identity.
It also slams ideologies like radical feminism which can barely admit any difference between the sexes.
Finally, his statements about absolute control over our body and respect for its full meaning are a direct nod to contraception. The reason we’re made as male and female, the meaning of our body, is precisely to imitate and participate in the life-giving, self-donating love of the Holy Trinity and of His love for humanity. As Christopher West would say, those using contraception are choosing the fleeting pleasure of a sterilized orgasm over the possibility of participating in the divine life and love of Almighty God. Bad choice. Why go scrounging for scraps in the dumpster of half-baked sex when you can join a banquet of divinely-empowered sex?
h/t The Stream