Theology of the Body

Letterman, Polanski, Ensign and Theology of the Body Sunday

Posted on: October 27, 2009

Kevin Whelan’s Catholic Exchange column from Oct. 6:

Last week there were three significant ’sex scandal’ stories: the attempted blackmail of TV star David Letterman, the attempted extradition of film maker Roman Polanski, and the admission of an affair by U.S. Senator John Ensign. I listened with only passing interest to some of the coverage of these stories. I found some of the commentary a bit more interesting: Is Hollywood’s Defense of Polanski Justified?, Isn’t Polanski’s Crime Worse than Letterman’s?, Isn’t Ensign’s Greatest Infraction His Hypocrisy?

Then on Saturday evening as I started gathering the family for our weekly discussion of the Sunday readings, I reviewed the readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time and was motivated to declare it “Theology of the Body Sunday” – at least in my house. I explained to my children that the “TOB Sunday” designation was totally compatible with “Respect Life Sunday.” The first reading (Genesis 2: 18-24) and the Gospel reading (Mark 10: 2-16) are two of the chief texts cited in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. While others may speculate on the amazing tapestry woven by God to bring all these events to our attention, I looked at it from a more parochial point of view: we’ve got a lot of work to do.

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