Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

To: Maximilian; Marcellinus; Polycarp IV; drstevej
Anyone with credentials in NFP knows better than to begin with that phrase, or things could come to a temporary halt while the meaning of that would be hashed out. :-) NFP is based on the mutual exchange of love between the husband and wife. It is understood that each has a need for sexual fulfillment, which is looked upon as "privilege" important to both. ~~ Marcellinus

No, this is wrong in an important and fundamental way. The "marriage right" is indeed a right and not a "privilege." The marriage right is "continuous, permanent and uninterrupted." To counsel Catholic couples in a way that tells them something different is to mislead them about a crucial element of the marriage contract. ~~ Maximilian

I'd have to email Joel Miller of RAZORMOUTH.COM for the specifics, but...

Amongst my own spiritual forebears, the American Puritans, there is at least one documented Canon Law case of a Puritan Husband being placed under Church Discipline (to the point of threatened denial of participation in the Supper!) on account of obdurate refusal to grant his Puritan Wife reasonable and regular enjoyment of her Marital Rights.

Miller wrote a joyous and delightfully-raucous Editorial on the subject back in the early days of RazorMouth entitled "The Joy of Puritan Sex", which sadly can no longer be found on GOOGLE (last I checked). Suffice it to say that the Puritans have an ill-deserved reputation as killjoys: the first permanent structure they built on the North American continent was a brewery, and their attitude towards Sex within the Bond of Marriage was apparently founded on the maxim, "Wild jack-rabbits are a perfectly good Model provided in Nature. Go thou and do likewise."

I'm sure everyone gets a "headache" now and then, but it does seem to me that the "Marital Privilege" is indeed a Right -- especially, a Right which you freely delegate to the needs of your spouse. If she has need of your attentions, and you've got a "headache" yet again tonight...

Well, buck up and quit whining. Onward, Christian Soldier.... we'd hate to have to place you under Puritan Church Discipline.


I admit I'm having a little fun with the subject, but I think that gives my sense of things in the "Right vs. Privilege" argument.

Best, OP

40 posted on 07/05/2004 2:08:44 AM PDT by OrthodoxPresbyterian (We are Unworthy Servants; We have only done Our Duty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies ]


To: OrthodoxPresbyterian
Wild jack-rabbits are a perfectly good Model provided in Nature. Go thou and do likewise."

LOL. How appropriate that we should take a lesson from our Puritan forebears as we celebrate Independence Day.

48 posted on 07/05/2004 9:33:25 AM PDT by Maximilian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article


FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson