Part 6 of our stripped down look at Amoris Laetitia with some commentary by PopeWatch:
151. Sexuality is only enhanced by the training of passions that go on in a good marriage.
152. Erotic love in marriage is a gift from God that enhances the relationship of husband and wife.
153. Sexuality is poisoned by the mentality of use and discard. (“I’m going to trade in a forty for two twenties.”)
154. The physical act of sex in marriage unaccompanied by love can become a source of misery and manipulation.
155. Sex as a goal by itself within marriage is destructive of the marriage unless it is accompanied by love.
156. The Bible rejects every form of sexual submission. (The Pope does his best to make the Biblical statements on marriage mesh with 21rst Century ideas of equality of the sexes. The Sacred Authors of course weren’t interested in egalitarianism, one of the central shibboleths of our time, but rather in giving instructions for living a Christian life that would endure in the face of changing societal fads and intellectual prejudices.)
157. Sexuality is an essential element of a marriage.
158. A nod to Christian virgins.
159. Virginity is a form of love and a foreshadowing of how we will live in Heaven, where people are not married or given in marriage.
160. No basis for playing marriage off against virginity in determining which is more pleasing to God.
161. Virginity and marriage are complementary in highlighting different aspects of the Christian message.
162. Celibacy can risk becoming a comfortable single life, while married couples can display heroic virtues. (Several priests that I have talked to over the years have rejoiced that Catholic parishioners are unable to subject them to the indignity of trying to set them up with a date with single women in the parish, something that single Protestant ministers are frequently subject to, often with darkly humorous outcomes.)
163. Longer life spans make lifetime commitments more challenging.
164. Good marriages are not dependent upon the physical attractiveness of husband and wife, something that almost always wanes as the years pass.
Chapter Five-Love Made Fruitful
165. Love always gives life.
166. Married couples must always be welcome to the new life they bring forth.
167. Large families are a joy to the Church, but don’t breed like rabbits.
168. Pregnancy is a difficult but a wonderful time.
169. A pregnant woman can participate in God’s plan by dreaming of her child.
170. A child is a human being of immense worth and may never be used for the purposes of others.
171. Pregnancy is a time for mothers to experience great joy.
172. Every child has a right to be loved by a mother and a father, as both are essential to the child.
173. Women today are often unable to spend enough time with their children.
174. Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism.
175. Mothers comfort children and fathers give them the necessary kick in the tail to grow into self-reliant adults. Both roles are essential in rearing children.
176. Missing fathers is a disaster for children.
177. It is not good for children to lack a father and grow up before they are ready. (Too often a missing Father means that the children never truly grow up.)
178. Some married couples are unable to have children but that does not diminish their marriages.
179. Adoption is a way for married couples unable to have kids to live out their vocations as parents.
180. The best interests of the child should always underlie any decision as to adoption or foster care.