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Catholic Athletes for Christ urges virtue instead of Olympic sexual license
cna ^ | February 20, 2010

Posted on 02/20/2010 3:51:55 PM PST by NYer

Alexandria, Va., Feb 20, 2010 / 08:06 am (CNA).- Reports of post-competition partying and condom hand-outs at the Olympics show the need for Catholic athletes to be grounded in their faith and the need for the sporting world to recover the idea of athletics as a forge for virtue, the head of a Catholic athletes’ organization says.

On Thursday MSNBC’s Today Show reported on Olympic athletes’ behavior after their competitions had ended.

While acknowledging athletes’ self-control, the Today Show cited event organizers’ distribution of 100,000 condoms and recounted off-the-record rumors of liaisons between residents of the Olympic Village as evidence of “hot nights” at the international event.

In a Friday interview, CNA sought comment on the spiritual dangers and benefits of sports from Ray McKenna, president of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Catholic Athletes for Christ.

McKenna said he knew 2008 Summer Olympics swimmer Kate Ziegler, but had never spoken with her about anything discussed in the Today Show article.

Hearsay of “somewhat bacchanalian excesses,” in his view, probably had “a lot of truth to it.”

The condom distribution, McKenna said, seems to be evidence of that lifestyle and sends the message that such a lifestyle is permitted and even encouraged at the Olympic Village.

“If there is encouragement to distribute condoms, at the very least there should be encouragement to practice your faith at those events,” McKenna told CNA.

While Olympians may have a “play hard, party hard” reputation, McKenna said athletes’ behavior differs with each person. Gossip about their pastimes is a “real danger,” in his view, and detracts from the story of a sport.

He encouraged Catholic athletes to be grounded in their faith and to engage in prayer, frequent reception of the sacraments and spiritual reading. They should also have a “discipleship relationship” with a spiritual mentor to help combat the dangers of off-the-field activities.

He named dangers such as drunk driving and the number of children fathered out of wedlock by some sportsmen.

Asked whether the self-control of sports is related to self-control for the sake of moral and spiritual integrity, McKenna gave a “clear and definitive ‘yes’.”

“Faith can inform sports, so that one’s personal faith can be beneficial for one’s sports life,” he explained.

Discipline is very valuable in one’s spiritual life and in sports because it cultivates the virtues of dedication, determination, constant practice and repetition, McKenna explained.

One central aim of Catholic Athletes for Christ, he reported, was to tell athletes “be good in your faith, be good in your sport.”

He encouraged athletes to stay bonded with friends of similar faith so that they can share their struggles and can be better disciples.

“Historically, sports was considered to be a ‘virtue-making machine.’ The values that correspond with sports were considered to go hand in glove with those that go into being a person of integrity and faith,” McKenna told CNA.

“Vince Lombardi, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers, was a good example of that. He lived his faith and it was integral to his coaching.”

McKenna thought it was unfortunate that people now associate sports with vice.

He cited a quotation of Pope Pius XII, who said that sports “develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor.”

The virtues of the Olympic model, fraternity, goodwill, and teamwork, are also praiseworthy. McKenna added that sports and athletes’ “heroic efforts” have been the vehicle used to overcome some “real, terrible social problems” such as racial discrimination.

In athletics, “great bonds” which otherwise could not have happened have formed between different races, ethnicities and faiths.

Catholic Athletes for Christ encourages athletes in their spiritual formation, particularly as Catholics, McKenna reiterated. The organization works with the Vatican often to help ensure access to the sacraments and to Mass and Bible studies.

The group also advocates better access to ministers and rabbis so athletes of other beliefs can practice their faith.

Its website is http://www.catholicathletesforchrist.com.


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KEYWORDS: catholic; condoms; culturewar; olympicorgy; olympics; orgy; pornification

1 posted on 02/20/2010 3:51:56 PM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 02/20/2010 3:52:25 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer
Well, there are 2,800 athletes, coaches etc at the Vancouver Village and another 2,400 at the Whistler one. Assume each athlete there is for say two weeks. Well, I'll let somebody else work through the math...
3 posted on 02/20/2010 4:08:22 PM PST by Asfarastheeastisfromthewest... (“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.”....Mencken)
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To: Asfarastheeastisfromthewest...
About 20 condoms per person, for a 17-day event (although most don't stay for the whole time, and many presumably don't participate in the frivolity)...

and some have said that a re-supply might be necessary.

4 posted on 02/20/2010 4:12:59 PM PST by Teacher317
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To: NYer

Thousands of exceptionally fit and attractive ‘alpha’ males and females, average age of 23 or so, are thrown together in a walled-off wonderland of pampering and ego-stroking. They have denied themselves every pleasure throughout their lengthy, monastic, maniacal training regimens. What do you think they’re going to do when the competition is over and the valve is taken off the pressure cooker they’ve lived in for at least four years? If ever there was a time and place for sowing wild oats, this would be it.


5 posted on 02/20/2010 4:18:29 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: NYer

I urge the holier than thous to mind their own damn business.


6 posted on 02/20/2010 4:31:37 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: arealconservativeforachange; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; ...
arealconservativeforachange wrote:
I urge the holier than thous to mind their own damn business.
Why? Why does "arealconservativeforachange" want to silence social conservatives?
7 posted on 02/20/2010 4:37:30 PM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: NYer

Article is about condoms, but just as likely will be the planned barenhood business that results as well.

Don’t forget about the female athletes that planned pregnancies to boost their hormones, just in time for competition. They will now be looking to terminate the child in the womb that allowed them to excel during competition. I don’t believe there is any monitoring of this practice the way steroid usage is monitored and prohibited!


8 posted on 02/20/2010 5:01:58 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: narses
Why? Why does "arealconservativeforachange" want to silence social conservatives?

Because he's concerned about actually, say, winning elections, which isn't helped by conservatives or Republicans being seen as squarish prudes.

9 posted on 02/20/2010 6:11:34 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

ROTFLMAO! You are a hoot. Did you actually READ the story?


10 posted on 02/20/2010 6:12:42 PM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: narses

Where did I say I wanted them silenced?
No place.


11 posted on 02/20/2010 7:45:58 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

“I urge the holier than thous to mind their own damn business.”

=

SHUT UP, no?


12 posted on 02/20/2010 8:05:59 PM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: narses

It means mind your own business.


13 posted on 02/20/2010 8:10:41 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

“It means mind your own business.”

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SHUT UP, no?


14 posted on 02/20/2010 8:11:19 PM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: narses

It means mind your own business


15 posted on 02/20/2010 8:12:13 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: narses

“Mind your own business” is a common English saying which asks for a respect of other people’s privacy. It can mean that a person should stop meddling in what does not concern that person, attend personal affairs instead of those of others, etc.

Clear enough?


16 posted on 02/20/2010 8:13:22 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: ccmay

The lame excuse of the IOC made me do it won’t count for much during their particular judgments.


17 posted on 02/20/2010 10:29:55 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

Nope. It still smacks of libertine libertarian nonsense that says my immorality has no impact on you or others, a blatant falsehood. Plus the clear implication is to say to us social conservatives, “SHUT UP”. Sorry mate, not gonna happen.


18 posted on 02/21/2010 4:10:11 AM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: George from New England
Don’t forget about the female athletes that planned pregnancies to boost their hormones, just in time for competition. They will now be looking to terminate the child in the womb that allowed them to excel during competition.

What an absurd suggestion. Do you have proof to back up this assertion?

19 posted on 02/21/2010 4:52:00 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
The lame excuse of the IOC made me do it won’t count for much during their particular judgments.

Don;t shoot the messenger. I am being descriptive, not normative.

20 posted on 02/21/2010 7:22:32 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: narses

As I figured, there was not point in answering your question in the first place.
Do you enjoy wasting other people’s time?


21 posted on 02/21/2010 9:37:47 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

LOL, rarely is there a point to promoting speech codes, or trying to shut up fellow conservatives.

As for your question, it was you who wasted your time trying to shut up those with whom you disagree.


22 posted on 02/21/2010 10:18:27 AM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: arealconservativeforachange
I urge the holier than thous to mind their own damn business.

Because THAT's real conservatism. Why don't you join the libs and go pass out condoms somewhere.

23 posted on 02/21/2010 10:25:03 AM PST by TradicalRC (Secular conservatism is liberalism.)
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To: Strategerist
Because he's concerned about actually, say, winning elections, which isn't helped by conservatives or Republicans being seen as squarish prudes.

If winning elections is all it's about, only vote for the most popular candidates of any party. Make sure none of them are perceived as prudish by anyone to the left of Larry Flynt.

24 posted on 02/21/2010 10:27:27 AM PST by TradicalRC (Secular conservatism is liberalism.)
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To: NYer

I am only remembering what was out of the mainstream news from a previous olympic cycle. Years ago, as much as ten now.


25 posted on 02/21/2010 11:33:59 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: NYer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eileen-mcdonagh-and-laura-pappano/might-pregnancy-be-a-boon_b_71803.html

http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/doping.asp

Claim: Female athletes competing at the Olympics are getting pregnant just so they can abort the baby and by so doing enhance their performance through hormone doping.

Status: Undetermined.


26 posted on 02/21/2010 11:38:59 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: George from New England; wagglebee; markomalley
Claim: Female athletes competing at the Olympics are getting pregnant just so they can abort the baby and by so doing enhance their performance through hormone doping.

The links you posted provide no definitive answer, simply the notion that this was a conceivable possibility. Any pregnant woman who has ever suffered from morning sickness would immediately dispel such a notion. And any athlete who would sink to such a base idea, does not deserve to win an Olympic medal, much less compete with other national champions. This has to be the most despicable suggestion of how to improve competition, that I have ever heard.

27 posted on 02/21/2010 1:55:13 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: TradicalRC

Isn’t there a soup kitchen or shelter you could be volunteering in on a Sunday?
Or are you so high up you just get to pontificate all day?


28 posted on 02/21/2010 2:37:18 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: narses

I never said shut up, or silence, nor did the definition I posted. That is just your imagination.


29 posted on 02/21/2010 2:38:28 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

What don’t you put a condom over your head real tight like


30 posted on 02/21/2010 2:39:17 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86

I don’t use them.


31 posted on 02/21/2010 2:39:52 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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