Amoris Laetitia 10: A Multifaceted Gem

amoris laetitia memeRemember to check the actual document Amoris Laetitia for the full scoop on this document. It’s not a difficult read, but I don’t suggest taking it at the pace of a book.

10. The majestic early chapters of Genesis present the human couple in its deepest reality. Those first pages of the Bible make a number of very clear statements. The first, which Jesus paraphrases, says that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (1:27). It is striking that the “image of God” here refers to the couple, “male and female”. Does this mean that sex is a property of God himself, or that God has a divine female companion, as some ancient religions held? Naturally, the answer is no. We know how clearly the Bible rejects as idolatrous such beliefs, found among the Canaanites of the Holy Land. God’s transcendence is preserved, yet inasmuch as he is also the Creator, the fruitfulness of the human couple is a living and effective “image”, a visible sign of his creative act.

I don’t see much to argue about with this. The distinction here is that some people have made a god in the human image. A Creator has no obvious need to procreate in the sense of living beings in the mortal realm. God has made the universe. Pope Francis’ position is traditional here: human procreation is an image, not a copy nor an analogue of God’s fruitfulness. We can reflect on it and ponder, but we draw rational conclusions at our own risk if we put too much of our own image and likeness onto our view of God.

Thoughts?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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