Christopher West Thanks and Responds to his critics
If anyone is interested here is the 2004 papal document: Theology of the body

with the essential message:

A second tendency emerges in the wake of the first. In order to avoid the domination of one sex or the other, their differences tend to be denied, viewed as mere effects of historical and cultural conditioning. In this perspective, physical difference, termed sex, is minimized, while the purely cultural element, termed gender, is emphasized to the maximum and held to be primary. The obscuring of the difference or duality of the sexes has enormous consequences on a variety of levels.

(10-23-2009, 07:12 AM)savienu Wrote: Christopher West, the prolific author and well-known speaker who shot to fame in the Catholic world as a result of his work popularizing Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body," has for the first time responded publicly to criticisms that were directed at his work by other theologians and professors of Theology of the Body earlier this year.

In an essay sent to, West stands by his take on the issue of the nature of concupiscence - which, in the case of sexuality, manifests itself in the temptation to lust - which, as he points out, was the "crux" of the criticisms leveled against him. But he also thanks those who have made thoughtful criticism of his work and suggestions on how to improve it. "I have taken them to heart," he says.  "Indeed, I have always weighed my critics' observations carefully and prayerfully.  They have helped me refine my approach a great deal over the years and I remain very grateful for that."

In his essay West acknowledges that concupiscence cannot be fully overcome in this life.  "It is abundantly clear from both Catholic teaching and human experience that, so long as we are on earth, we will always have to battle with concupiscence - that disordering of our passions caused by original sin (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 405, 978, 1264, 1426). "

West adds: "In some of my earliest lectures and tapes, I confess that I did not emphasize this important point clearly enough.  The battle with concupiscence is fierce.  Even the holiest saints can still recognize the pull of concupiscence within them."

However, West goes on to argue, quoting extensively from Pope John Paul II, that people can come to a "mature purity," in which "man enjoys the fruits of victory over concupiscence."

"Liberation from concupiscence - or, more precisely, from the domination of concupiscence (John Paul II used both expressions)," says West, "is not only a possibility, it is a necessity if we are to live our lives 'in the truth' and experience the divine plan for human love (see TOB 43:6, 47:5)."

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Re: Christopher West Thanks and Responds to his critics - by glgas - 10-23-2009, 08:03 AM
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