One sometimes wonders how far-reaching St. Paul’s comment to the Ephesians was intended to be, to wit: “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints” (Eph. 5:3).
Evidently, as St. Paul “named” these perversions in his epistle, he’s getting at something more than the mere mention of these matters. Still, we must be careful when discussing matters of purity (and impurity) not to go too far — even when we mention them precisely for the cause of virtue.
That said, those who wish to be informed about social trends and where they’re heading ought to be aware of what Anne Hendershott has to say in a New York Post editorial.
Homosexuals, “transsexuals,” and others with “alternative” approaches to human sexuality major in pushing the performance envelope and forcing society to accept their perversions. Many people may think that public outrage and disgust over the abuse of children is too strong for pedophiles ever to be accepted as people now accept homosexuality today. But I think fifty or one hundred years ago, Americans by and large would have been shocked if they had looked into a crystal ball and seen the level of acceptance that homosexuality would have in the year 2013.
A lot of it boils down to a false conception of “rights,” which goes something like this: I can do whatever I darn well please; in fact, I have a right to it, unless, of course, it harms someone else (unless the persons harmed are unborn babies, anyone my activities may corrupt or offend, children below the age of consent, and silly Catholics who can’t get over their medieval sense of morality.)
Here’s Anne Hendershott:
Attorneys for convicted child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky last week went to court to get their client’s 30- to 60-year prison sentence overturned, while other Penn State officials may yet escape prosecution for failing to protect young boys from Sandusky. But the real outrage on the child-abuse front is occurring in academia — a drive to redefine pedophilia as innocuous “intergenerational intimacy.”