Amoris Laetitia 155: Sex and Dignity

amoris laetitia memeMore citations on the Theology of the Body from early in John Paul II’s pontificate. What do you make of his definition of “insatiability,” and a subsequent loss of dignity? Let’s read, then if you wish, comment:

155. Saint John Paul II very subtly warned that a couple can be “threatened by insatiability” (Catechesis (18 June 1980), 5). In other words, while called to an increasingly profound union, they can risk effacing their differences and the rightful distance between the two. For each possesses his or her own proper and inalienable dignity. When reciprocal belonging turns into domination, “the structure of communion in interpersonal relations is essentially changed”. (Ibid., 6) It is part of the mentality of domination that those who dominate end up negating their own dignity. (Cf. Catechesis (30 July 1980), 1) Ultimately, they no longer “identify themselves subjectively with their own body”, (Catechesis (8 April 1981), 3) because they take away its deepest meaning. They end up using sex as form of escapism and renounce the beauty of conjugal union.

Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.


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