Insightful Piece from George Weigel

Today, George Weigel offered a typical insightful look on the recent stories about the pope’s new book, Light of the World.

Here is an excerpt from the article he wrote in the National Review:

The first false assumption beneath the latest round of media condomania is that the Church’s settled teaching on sexual morality is a policy or a position that can change, as tax rates can be changed or one’s position on whether India should be a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council can change. To be sure, the theological articulation of the Catholic ethic of sexual love has been refined over centuries; it has come to an interesting point of explication in recent years in John Paul II’s “theology of the body.” But it has not changed and it will not change because it cannot be changed. And it cannot change or be changed because the Catholic ethic of sexual love is an expression of fundamental moral truths that can be known by reason and are illuminated by revelation.

You can read the whole story here.


8 Responses to “Insightful Piece from George Weigel”

  1. Kathleen Whelan says:

    Wow! That is a powerful article and I thank you for sharing it. It is much easier as a Catholic to have things like these when we are put in the position of defending something we clearly see as an accusation without merit by the press. We are often not connected well enough to come accross them on our own so need to rely on our priests and bishops to help in getting them to us. It is a great service that I greatly appreciate.

  2. Ann says:

    Archbishop, i just read the article about you in today’s NYT (why i subject myself to it I do not know). The article wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but so many of the comments were so horrible. Sometimes think people are possessed, they are so full of hatred toward the Church. I just don’t get it. but that’s the NYT, I guess.

    Please stand up for us, I see a different reality at Mass.

  3. I thought the article in the NY Fishwrap, sorry New York Times, was fairly balanced. I was not there, so only you could say. I take the Times here in California so I can keep track of what the enemy is saying.

    I am sure that they took lots of pictures during that interview. It is telling they picked the most unflattering picture.

    I howled when I read that this is the only third time in history we have a new Roman Missal. I am sure you probably said this was the third edition of this Missal, but that the Times has such a poor grasp of history in their religion reporter is remarkable. If their reporter on the Yankees was as ignorant of the subject on which they were reporting they would be fired.

    We met in Quebec City during the Eucharistic Congress.

    I always appreciate your words. Your book was a treasure to me when I was a Formation Director. Thank you for your ministry. I will pray for you in your new position and always enjoy reading and hearing what you say. Blessings+

    Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, Pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Newark, CA

  4. Irene says:

    I believe the NY Times take was consistent with the excerpt from the Pope’s interview Weigel cited.

  5. Irene says:

    The NY Times interview with the Archbishop cites his concern that Mass attendance has gone into free fall since its peak in the 1960s. That would have been the years after Vatican II, right? I don’t think that’s a coincidence; maybe if we tried to move closer to the spirit of the second Vatican Council, we would see a reinvigoration of our Church.

  6. Billy Atwell says:

    One of the most beautiful and comforting aspects of Catholic theology is that we only learn more about the long-held beliefs. We never find out that the last 1000 years of teaching was wrong and we need to start over. It’s concrete nature is such a blessing that we often overlook.

  7. John Davis says:

    I think that this topic brings about a lot of heated debate among people. I for one believe that people are entitled to their own opinion, but at the end of the day, those who follow the Catholic faith have to understand and respect the teachings of the church, whether they personally agree or not.

  8. Elaine OBrien says:

    this whole question statement etc. is just looking for an easy way out for most of us. some of the Church’s teachings are very hard to follow without an abundance of grace at which time they become relatively easy. for we live in time towards eternity and eternal Truth. that sounds high minded and it is but it is what we strive after and with due diligence attain. even lowly ones like me and you. God bless and Blessed Christmas