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And when it comes to sex and the breakdown of marriage and family, sin and sexual confusion are indeed abounding, he said."But grace is abounding, the Holy Spirit grants the Church what she needs when she needs it. And I firmly believe the antidote has been given."That antidote, he maintains, is Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.West, 47, who is based near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Wendi, and five childen, has dedicated his life and ministry to furthering it wherever he will be received.Filipino Catholic devotees light candles and offer prayers after attending a mass at a National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines on September 18, 2016.
You need to confess that you have been wearing all these masks. While the moral dimensions are important the tack falls short, West contends, and that incomplete approach is often rooted in an evangelical framing of the Christian faith that begins at the wrong starting point, beginning with the Fall of Man in Genesis 2 instead of the very good creation of Genesis 1.
There is a reason why the Apostle Paul calls the call of God on the life of the Christian "the redemption of the body," West said, referencing Romans 8: 21–23."Christ came in the flesh to redeem our flesh.
The human body, is therefore not only profoundly theological but is itself a proclamation of the Gospel message," he stressed.
Our bodies themselves proclaim the Gospel, West explains with vigorous enthusiasm, and the Gospel is a divine, marital story.
In its original form, the Theology of the Body is a series of teachings that Pope John Paul II authored in response to the sexual revolution — 129 short talks that he delivered over the course of five years during his Wednesday addresses in the 1980s.