Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Liberal Resentment Against Chastity

Craig Carter quotes Pope John Paul II's Love and Responsibility:

"Resentment arises from an erroneous and distorted sense of values. It is a lack of objectivity is judgment and evaluation, and it has its origin in weakness of will. The fact is that attaining or realizing a higher value demands a greater effort of will. So in order to spare ourselves the effort, to excuse our failure to obtain this value, we minimize its significance, deny it the respect which it deserves, even see it as in some way evil, although objectivity requires us to recognize that it is a good. Resentment possesses, as you can see, the distinctive characteriatics of the cardinal sin called sloth. St. Thomas defines sloth (acedia) as 'a sadness arising from the fact that the good is difficult. . . Resentment, however, does not stop at this: it not only distorts the features of the good but devalues that which rightly deserves respect, so that man need not struggle to raise himself to the level of the true good, but can 'light-heartedly' recognize as good only what suits him. . .

Chastity, more than any other, seems to be the virtue which resentment has tended to outlaw from the soul, the will and the heart of man. A systematic case has been built up against it, which seeks to show that it is not beneficial but harmful to human beings. . . But chastity and continence are seen above all as dangerous enemies of love . . .

Absolutely. Gays and divorced people come to mind. The Church's stance in favour of chastity is seen as the enemy of love.

Craig comments:

just as Wojtyla predicted, the sinner who finds virtue too strenuous tends to blame the Church, the Law, the moral standard, (anything!), except him or herself. Through a curious moral inversion, the Church and the Bible become the problem. There is nothing wrong with me. If God just wasn't so strict, it would be easy to be good.

People often conveniently forget the fact that God's grace is there to overcome our own weaknesses.

If Christianity were that easy, it wouldn't be worth it. Why accept Christ only to live as if you never accepted him, as if he didn't require anything of you? If you want a faith that isn't "too hard", just stay a non-believer. You can still dress up your faith in Christian symbolism if you like. But it's not Christianity.

Christianity requires things overcoming our own inclinations.