Note: We will bring this great work to you over the coming days, in five parts. A special thank-you to contribute Francesca Romana, whose translations are second to none, for the extensive work involved with this series:
By Don Pietro Leone
A spiritu fornicationis
libera nos, Domine
(invocation from the Litany of the Saints)
A detail from the Ysenheimer Altar by Matthaeus Gruenewald represented an androgyne demon storming a church
Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote to Cardinal Caffara that the final clash between the Devil and the Church would be in the area of the family and marriage. A dispassionate survey of recent Church history serves to assure us that the clash has already begun, that is to say with the entry into the Church of the Demon Asmodeus: the spirit of fornication.
The question that we wish to address in this essay is how Holy Mother Church, Who has for 2,000 years resisted, been able to overcome, and indeed been purged and exalted by, all the cruel and inhuman violence of her persecutors and all the abstruse subtleties of the heretics, is now succumbing to something as base and as primitive as the concupiscence of the flesh.
To attempt to answer this question, we shall briefly present:
1) The Church’s traditional attitude to sexuality, in contrast to that of the World;
2) The attitude to sexuality of the modern Church (or rather of the modern Churchmen) from the time of the Second Vatican Council to the accession of Pope Francis; and finally
3) The attitude manifest in the encyclical Amoris Laetitia.
SEXUALITY IN THE EYES OF THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD
a) The Nature of Sexuality