'Catholic sexual revolution' not proper response, Fr. Granados replies to Christopher West
Fr. Jose Granados
Fr. Jose Granados
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The debate over whether or not Christopher West accurately conveys John Paul II's Theology of the Body witnessed another addition on Friday as Fr. Jose Granados cautioned that modern society's sexual issues cannot be solved with a 'Catholic sexual revolution.'

Submissions from numerous Catholic theologians, including Drs. David Schindler, Janet Smith and Michael Waldstein have come out in reaction to criticism of the popular work conducted by West.

Dr. David Schindler, dean of the John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C., criticized West’s teaching for significantly misrepresenting Pope John Paul II’s thought, describing his approach as “too much about sex and too romantic” and calling on him to subject his theology to “renewed reflection.”

Dr. Janet Smith argued in favor of Christopher West's views, saying that they were “sensationalized” in the ABC Nightline interview that sparked the debate. Smith also asserted that some orthodox Catholic ethicists agree with West's controversial teaching that anal sex as foreplay that leads to intercourse is morally acceptable.

For his part, Dr. Michael Waldstein said Schindler made “sweeping accusations” against a position he did not recognize as West’s and that the proper forum for this discussion is an academic journal. Waldstein stated that West has correctly identified tendencies within the American culture that treat the body and sex as bad and that West’s main strength is his “effective communication” of John Paul II’s teaching on a popular level.

The latest addition to the debate came on Friday afternoon from Fr. Jose Granados, an associate professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.

Fr. Granados took issue with the claim that John Paul II took the sexual revolution a step further, calling it “highly inadequate” and “open to serious misunderstanding.”

Both the Puritanism and the sexual revolution, he charged, see the body “without reference to the dignity of the person and to the plan of God for man; it is deprived of its symbolism and its language.”

“The recovery of the meaning of the body,” Granados explained, “with reference to love and to the mystery of man and God, is the novelty brought about by John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The Pope’s proposal is not about sexuality, but about the truth of love as the foundation of the person’s dignity and the meaning of reality; and about the family as the place where the person finds himself and his way towards happiness.”

“Moreover, one of the results of the sexual revolution is precisely the pansexualism that surrounds our society. We cannot respond with a different kind of pansexualism, with a sort of 'Catholic sexual revolution,' which in the end promotes a similar obsession with sex, even if 'holy,'” the priest argued.

To read Fr. Granados' full statement visit: http://www.headlinebistro.com/en/news/granados_west.html#

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 27, 2014

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: 1 Jn 1: 1-4
Second Reading:: Jn 20: 1A, 2-8

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27