“God loves the joy of his children” is the theme that will occupy our attention for the next three days. Let’s occupy this day with a statement of clarification from Pope Benedict XVI on why the Church isn’t really a buzzkill when it comes to joy in human marriage:
147. This calls for a pedagogical process that involves renunciation. This conviction on the part of the Church has often been rejected as opposed to human happiness. Benedict XVI summed up this charge with great clarity: “Doesn’t the Church, with all her commandments and prohibitions, turn to bitterness the most precious thing in life? Doesn’t she blow the whistle just when the joy which is the Creator’s gift offers us a happiness which is itself a certain foretaste of the Divine?”(Deus Caritas Est 3) He responded that, although there have been exaggerations and deviant forms of asceticism in Christianity, the Church’s official teaching, in fidelity to the Scriptures, did not reject “eros as such, but rather declared war on a warped and destructive form of it, because this counterfeit divinization of eros… actually strips it of divine dignity and dehumanizes it”.(Deus Caritas Est 4)
Research the original Pope Francis document online here.