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US Bishops Exercising Their Teaching Authority (Throw out immoral theology book) ^ | September 23, 2010 | John Bergsma

Posted on 09/23/2010 8:28:59 PM PDT by Salvation

Thursday, September 23, 2010

US Bishops Exercising Their Teaching Authority

Yesterday, the US Bishops committee on doctrine released a censure of a book on moral theology (really, a book of immoral theology) called "The Sexual Person." The document is worth reading in full by clicking the title of this post.

My reactions: First, the Bishops have some pretty decent things to say about interpreting Scripture. They have certainly made my life easier by saying them. I plan to use the document in future teaching, to confirm things I have been saying all along.

Second, the kind of moral theology advocated by the authors of the book in question strikes me as old and silly. Old, because twenty years ago folks like Walther Brueggemann were making these same (im)moral arguments about sexual behavior (not) based on Scripture, and even then the arguments were already dated. I remember, because I did my master's thesis on normativity in Brueggemann's biblical theology. Silly, because the the (im)morality advocated by the authors of The Sexual Person is so obviously vague and malleable that it transparently serves to support whatever self-interested self-gratification anyone may want to engage in. Such a book screams, "Apply a hermeneutic of suspicion to me! What I really am is a propaganda piece to justify the desired behaviors of my authors!" Or is it only to Scripture and the Magisterium that we can apply a hermeneutic of suspicion?

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; sexuality; thesexualperson
I know nothing about this book, but BRAVO for the bishops for their "stand-up" actions!
1 posted on 09/23/2010 8:29:04 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation

Absolutely agree.

2 posted on 09/24/2010 3:36:58 AM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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“For Salzman and Lawler, by contrast, experience is an independent source of moral knowledge that appears as a rival to Scripture, reason, and Church teaching. In fact, experience can be used as a basis for criticizing the traditional sources.

In their view, traditionalist moral theologies have ignored the experiences of various people such as married couples and homosexuals and thus have not recognized how the experience of Catholics in our day has shown the falsity of their universal norms prohibiting such things as premarital sex, contraception, and homosexual behavior (73, 75, 88).

By contrast, Salzman and Lawler posit experience as an authoritative source in itself and propose a dialogue between experience and the traditional sources, rejecting what they see as “unidirectional instruction from the Bible and Christian tradition to human sexual experience” (16). They assert that their book “presents a sexual theology in which the contemporary human experience and understanding of sexuality and sexual activity are equal partners in the moral dialogue” (16).

In fact, experience turns out to be the determinative source of moral knowledge for Salzman and Lawler in matters of sexual moral theology. This seems unavoidable given their insistence that Scripture, natural law, and Church teaching have all been rendered questionable.”

From pages 19 & 20

So, IOW, just forget any “traditional” teachings because the ultimate arbiter of YOUR morality is YOU and whatever you decide to experience.

This is pure evil.

Bravo to the Bishops!

3 posted on 09/24/2010 5:14:07 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Salvation

When I read the headline, my first thought was “Finally!”

4 posted on 09/24/2010 9:13:07 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: sayuncledave; SuziQ; OpusatFR
Here is the follow-up article on this.

"The Sexual Person" and Why I Became a Catholic

5 posted on 10/07/2010 5:14:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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