Amoris Laetitia 285: Respecting Differences

amoris laetitia memeToday, it seems the Holy Father suggests respect for differences between the sexes. I’d say that’s less a problem than some think. More a problem still, would be respect for individuals being somewhat outside the mainstream. I mean that sexually, of course, but also as a reality of the human condition, that God has made each person unique. We still have too much stake in trying to corral people into a limited set of ways of being.

That said, let’s read:

285. Sex education should also include respect and appreciation for differences, as a way of helping the young to overcome their self-absorption and to be open and accepting of others. Beyond the understandable difficulties which individuals may experience, the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for “thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation… An appreciation of our body as male or female is also necessary for our own self-awareness in an encounter with others different from ourselves. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment”.(Laudato Si’ 155) Only by losing the fear of being different, can we be freed of self-centeredness and self-absorption. Sex education should help young people to accept their own bodies and to avoid the pretension “to cancel out sexual difference because one no longer knows how to deal with it”.(Catechesis (15 April 2015))

A seeming contradiction, that losing fear leads to a freedom from narcissism. I’m inclined to agree. You?

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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