An Unfortunate Graph

A recent Gallup poll highlights Americans’ current opinions on the moral acceptability of various practices. I’ll let the graph speak for itself after adding only two points

  1. 22% of Americans are registered Catholics and 71% of Americans are considered Christian…
  2. The order below is no coincidence. Widespread acceptance of artificial birth control paved the way for the two runners-up (as predicted by Bl. Paul VI, Humanae Vitae). In turn, widespread divorce and promiscuity promotes instability within society which leads to more risky or unfortunate practices.

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Election 2016 and the Inability to Control Appetites

It is notable the large role uncontrolled sexual behavior has played in this election. While Secretary Clinton’s apparent desires doesn’t seem to be for sex, it seems she lusts for money and power. These longings probably lead to her seeming passivity towards her husband’s gross infractions which range from infidelity all the way to accusations of literal rape.

Disordered understandings of sexual nature lead to bad action. These bad actions damage not only the soul but also the body, mind, and lives of the bad actors (along with those around them). This is what happens when people attempt to break the natural law that permeates the space-time of our universe. We don’t break these moral laws, we break ourselves against them.

That’s why it’s amazing to see people who likely have impressive control over most aspects of life–leading to positions such as President of the United States for example–have such an inability to control certain other desires. Seeing people with so much to lose, people who have the abilityto do so much good in their position, risk everything on satisfying temporal sexual pleasure shows the strength of man’s fallen nature. With the expanding embrace of moral relativism and, more specifically, the anything-goes, judge-not attitudes towards sexual activities.

Last weekend we were reminded of how someone in the powerful, influential, and prominent position of Hillary Clinton can be brought down by the inability to control one’s passions. This time it was the husband of her longtime aide and friend Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner. His inability to be faithful to his wife, or just stop sending Weiner pix (hey, that’s his name!) to women has the potential of bringing down a presidential candidate.

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Since the ‘sexual revolution’, the West has been spoon-fed a lie: That fulfilling any sexual wishes “liberates” the individual. But it would seem those who seek liberation through these pleasures are always end up slaves to their passions and ultimately broken by their choices. If only we had a way of knowing this…oh, look, the Roman Catholic Church has a blueprint already:

…self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom.
-CCC 2223

Of course none of this will ever become a learning opportunity to discuss on mainstream platforms. People will continue behaving–and ruining lives–like this with the blessing of popular culture. That is, until it’s exciting (and profitable) to make scandal out of it.☩

CDC: Women Must Use Contraception to Enjoy Alcohol

Money is coming out of your paychecks to pay for the Centers for Disease Control to lecture women that if they don’t use contraception they shouldn’t even think about having a sip of alcohol.

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A perfect synopsis on the typical progressive Millennial

This release from the CDC further normalizes the idea that women should, by default, be on some form of artificial contraception or they are being reckless and unhealthy. The ideological submersion that women, especially Millennial women, are faced with is that every normal person uses artificial birth control. And now, the mantra is becoming: if you want to enjoy things like alcohol, you need to use birth control. It’s becoming a form of physical and ideological puritanism actually.

Since it is considered judgmental to say any activity is unhealthy, we just try to mask the outcomes of poor decisions like promiscuous sex and binge drinking. This is the new normal.

To suggest that a woman is not responsible enough to be able to drink alcohol because there’s a chance she might get pregnant is pregnant without knowing should be utterly offensive to women. Likely, the people lecturing women are the same that beat the drum of sexism over the most eye-roll-worthy “micro-aggressions” too. Same is the progressive army of those who want the government out of the bedroom. But isn’t that was this is? Not only do I want the government out of my bedroom, I want them out of my bar.

The CDC’s release also comes with an alcohol and pregnancy infographic where it says risks of drinking are STDs and pregnancy…HAH! No; one is a consequence of promiscuity an the other is the natural outcome of sex. Our tax money is literally being used to suggest that all sexual behavior is perfectly acceptable and the risks are only introduced when alcohol is involved (pregnant or not). Talk sending our youth confusing messages.

Of course alcohol can be harmful to children in the womb, we all know this. But the focus shouldn’t be on how can we avoid pregnancy so people can continue leading lives without moral boundaries. The focus should be on encouraging people to view sex as sacred and babies as the natural (and joyous) outcome of sex. When people respect pregnancy, they will take it upon themselves to drink responsibly and to avoid alcohol if they think a pregnancy might be involved.

“Those who use artificial birth control believe neither in ‘birth’ nor ‘control”

 

Praying With Your Spouse

How many of you enjoy being with your spouse? I know I cherish the moments I can do anything from the extravagant to the mundane with my wife. There’s something that can be said for just being in the same physical proximity to your spouse when you’re doing a task. Maybe we want a partner at the grocery store for no reason. Maybe we want someone to talk to when we’re cooking in the kitchen. Maybe it’s that our connected souls, joined through marriage, enjoy it when our bodies are close too.

What about when the two souls want more than just physical closeness (as described above) or intimacy (you know what I’m talking about **winks**)? What about spiritual closeness? We all know it’s good to pray for your spouse. But how many of you pray with your spouse?

“Family prayer has its own characteristic qualities. It is prayer offered in common, husband and wife together, parents and children together. Communion in prayer is both a consequence of and a requirement for the communion bestowed by the sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony.”

-Pope Saint John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

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