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Paul VI versus Playboy
The Tidings Online ^ | July 25, 2008 | Donald DeMarco

Posted on 07/29/2008 6:32:10 PM PDT by Publius804

Paul VI versus Playboy

By Donald DeMarco

In 1986, Brother Don Fleischhacker of the University of Notre Dame wrote a letter to Playboy protesting that magazine's fragmented view of human sexuality.

Citing "Humanae Vitae," this intrepid Holy Cross religious reasoned that once "the contraceptive mentality is accepted, there can be no coherent objective ground for opposition to homosexual activity." If the unitive aspect of sex becomes an end in itself, he went on to explain, "There is no essential reason why sex should be restricted to couples of different sexes."

Recent events have proven that Brother Don was as prophetic as was Pope Paul VI when he penned "Humane Vitae" back in 1968. For Playboy, however, the letter was treated as an object of ridicule and its content irreverently dismissed: "Brother, you sound like St. Thomas' lawyer," wrote the Playboy editor, who went on to bless "both kinds" of sexual relations.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholicism; contraception; hughhefner; paulvi; playboy; pope; prolife; sexuality; vatican

1 posted on 07/29/2008 6:32:10 PM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804; NYer; Coleus; Tax-chick; sandyeggo
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter told the New York Times in an Op-Ed column some things it also didn't want to hear. But then, as Flannery O'Connor said, "You will know the truth and it will make you odd."
2 posted on 07/29/2008 7:25:43 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Frank Sheed
Not coincidentally, Europe is also the most secular region of the world, where the use of artificial contraception is utterly unproblematic. Among those committed to Catholic teaching, the obvious question becomes: What more clear proof of the folly of separating sex and child-bearing could one want?

(From the John Allen article)

3 posted on 07/30/2008 4:22:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Kudzu: A successful government program!)
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To: Publius804; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...

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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

4 posted on 07/30/2008 4:24:49 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: Publius804; Religion Moderator
Already posted - Paul VI vs. Playboy
5 posted on 07/30/2008 5:36:26 AM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: NYer

The other thread is inactive, so the duplicate is ok.

6 posted on 07/30/2008 7:41:47 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Publius804

The connection between contraception and homosexuality is clear. Homosexual sex is wrong because it is inherently sterile, because its focus is the pleasure of the individual or individuals involved. Humanae Vitae is basically a condemnation of this sort of sex. Gays are right to protest that logically it is unfair to deny them the right to practice homosexual sex if a man-woman couple is allowed to do it.

7 posted on 07/30/2008 8:49:04 AM PDT by RobbyS (Ecce homo)
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To: Publius804; narses

Pro-Life bumpus ad summum

8 posted on 07/30/2008 2:41:22 PM PDT by Dajjal (Vote McCain -- Not Hussein)
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