In Christopher West's introductory book on Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body there is a memorable sentence, which I shall have to quote from memory, as one of the children (Bernie, I think) has the book at present. It says something like: 'The argument about abortion is not an argument about human rights, it is an argument about the meaning of sex: nobody arguing for abortion is arguing because they want the right to kill their offspring, but because they want to have sex free of any consequences.'
That, of course, is why contraception is so closely related to abortion; and why pro-life organisations that don't recognise that relationship are incoherent.
That is also why there is a connection between the LGBTQ+ movement and abortion.
That is why gender theory had to be made up.
Because the reality is that sex is about bonding and babies; that is an empirically verifiable fact. So in order to justify other uses of sex, and the ways in which the natural consequences of sex can be thwarted, elaborate theories have to be developed, to flee that reality.
The role of academia in this is truly shameful. Not only the social scientists, who have nearly all long since abandoned any notion of truth, but also the medics, whose training is rather more rooted in reality, have not only colluded with, but often led, the pseudo-intellectual justification of evil.
So we have gender theory, to deny the biological reality of the basic division of human kind into male and female, and the sexual complementarity inherent in that.
We have theories that deny the humanity of the unborn human child.
We have theories that see personal autonomy as the greatest human good.
We have theories that suggest that sex outside of marriage is a good; or that contraceptive sex is good.
We have theories that suggest that chastity is harmful.
We have theories that suggest that children do not need both their parents.
We have theories that suggest that it is good to create human beings in petri dishes.
We have a proliferation of theories, all of which are a flight from reality. As T S Eliot wrote, Humankind cannot bear very much reality,' - especially when it gets in between the individual and his desires. So we construct these elaborate tissues of lies, which we know in our heart to be lies, in order to justify ourselves in our sin.
And we know who is the father of lies...
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