Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Christopher West on Pope John II and Hugh Hefner

If there is anyone who still does not understand what is wrong, so very wrong with Theology on the Body and Christopher West and his cottage industry please watch this and I think all will be made clear.

Warning- graphic content.

Video can be seen here.

13 comments:

Robert said...

I never gave Theology on the Body and Christopher West one minute's thought. Now, after watching the video you posted, I see I need to look into it for myself.

Anonymous said...

Man O' Man - what a scandal! ????? So, why are homosexual actions 'wrong'??? Maybe 'unbelievably great' goes for that too!!! Hormones? Feelings? Bible is a 'sex-guide'?? ...and the fine print....Mr West doesn't read the LARGE PRINT even.....!!! The big Org......is a glimmer of heaven????? My - no wonder the audience is 'receptive'. This, on top of the admission of poor defamed Bishop Weakland (emphasis on the W-E-A-K...) he is 'gay' (i.e. homosexual) is about too much to take in in one day!... The next thing will be that it is OK to change 'partners' if the fire isn't so hot. The Devil is laughing today ! ! ! ! !

mom v many said...

This "rise to fame" he has had reminds me of all the hype of LoC.
I know I won't be buying his books but it does concern me that he was on ABC?!?
Can you say RED FLAG?

John F. Triolo said...

Gotta love the church industry--pushy laymen on the make.

I am so sick of Theology of the Body preverts. Yeah, that's what we need--a bigger focus on sex, because our culture is so prudish and repressed. oh wait...

More Augustines and fewer Wests please!

Leila said...

I think he exaggerates for effect, and it's a little silly to get so worked up about it.

I'm not a fan of using shock tactics to get people's attention. I think he's pushing the Hefner thing and the sex revolution thing to shock people into listening to him, and ultimately that is dangerous.

However, just because West is extreme, don't reject the Theology of the Body (have you read JPII, all 4 books -- not easy going! but worth it)!

Nor does his extreme rhetoric negate the fact that some people, before ToB and even now, distort sexuality in the opposite direction, harming marriage, family, women -- and thereby harming the faith!

Bexo said...

I think it says it all when you have to post a sign that says "WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT" when posting a video of a CATHOLIC "theologian" who speaks to vast audience, many of whom are TEENAGERS. No doubt he brings people back into the Church which is a good thing. But it's really sad that our culture is so sex-obsessed that we now have to sell the straying sheep on the wonders of Catholic sex. Vulgarity does not cultivate holiness or sanctity. Mr. West, a question for you - would you have the same conversation with the ABC interviewer with a saint...say Maximilian Kolbe or maybe Saint Therese? Would you say the words "Oral Sex" in front of them like you do the interviewer? Would you liken them to Hugh Hefner? What's wrong with this picture...?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the enlightening video. I walked out on a C.W. talk a few years ago. What I was hearing in this video, and in that talk, is that somehow he has all the answers to the subject of sex and I almost feel, beneath it all, he is trying to say what a fantastic guy he is, and wouldn't you be lucky to be married to such a talented guy... in the, well, you know what room...As a happily married woman, I find him quite offensive. How can someone who is correct about birthcontrol and the sanctity of marriage admire Hugh Hefner. His actions surely have greatly helped the birth control industry and who knows how many abortions...? Hugh does not believe in fidelity either...I am incredulous!!

Mrs Bossy said...

I was very grateful to read Theology of the Body for Beginners. We use it instead of the Life & Family Course that the high school offers our children. I wish it was around when I was a young adult. I found it to be quite reverent and holy in it's presentation....perhaps we focused on different points? I now see my marriage as sacramental. Christopher West is a man trying to be faithful to God's direction in his life. Aren't we all? Mercy & prayer.

Katharine said...

I thought this was an interesting article on Christopher West and the TOB: http://www.headlinebistro.com/en/news/janetsmithresponse.html

Bernadette said...

I really enjoyed reading Janet Smith's article, very helpful & insightful.

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Ryan said...

If you don't believe that sex is a big part of God's plan, ask your parents how you got here. Also, have you ever taken a contemplative look at song of songs? God, and his Bride........

Jessica - Garden of Francis said...

The biggest problem with the situation is that Christopher West is NOT portraying Theology of the Body accurately. He was working with an inconsistent translation and now that we HAVE a consistent translation with an entirely different message, he's not changed one aspect of "his teaching". It's his teaching, not the church's, that he is portraying.

Very sad. And frustrating.