153. On the basis of this positive vision of sexuality, we can approach the entire subject with a healthy realism. It is, after all, a fact that sex often becomes depersonalized and unhealthy; as a result, “it becomes the occasion and instrument for self-assertion and the selfish satisfaction of personal desires and instincts”.(Evangelium Vitae 23)
What of the situation in which partners seem satisfied with a mutual selfishness? That seems commonly portrayed in various media. In the thinking of St John Paul and Pope Francis: missed opportunity for deeper communication. Sinful in the eyes of some. I suspect the current pope would see it as a missed opportunity for grace.
Pope Francis identifies some modern attitudes toward sex as being in line with consumerism, waste, and other indulgences of the day:
In our own day, sexuality risks being poisoned by the mentality of “use and discard”. The body of the other is often viewed as an object to be used as long as it offers satisfaction, and rejected once it is no longer appealing.
Can we really ignore or overlook the continuing forms of domination, arrogance, abuse, sexual perversion and violence that are the product of a warped understanding of sexuality? Or the fact that the dignity of others and our human vocation to love thus end up being less important than an obscure need to “find oneself”?
Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.