Monday, February 24, 2003

Went to a talk last night after Vespers...
given by Fr. Mark Gruber, O.S.B. I've mentioned him before, and blogged a column he wrote some years back. Fr. Gruber is, obviously, a Benedictine monk and priest. He is also an anthropologist. Yes, I know that sounds like an odd combination, but it works very well. The topic was "The Role of Complementary Sexuality in the Revelation of Christian Faith."
I can't give a proper summary here, but I must say, if anybody has a chance to hear this priest speak, do. Here's a few highlights from Fr.'s talk. These are, of course, subject to my less-than-perfect memory, and any screw-ups are most probably mine.
"Since God has become man, one could look at anthropology as a branch of divine science."
"The secular West treats sexuality as something trival and incidental, and thus has no qualms about trying to flatten out the differences. Thus we give males Ritalin at a certain age, to get rid of masculine rambunctiousness, and females contraceptives at a certain age, to get rid of feminine fertility."
" The biblical account does not say He made them rational and intelligent. It does not say He made them free and spontaneous, or emotional and expressive. All of those things are important, but they are not stressed in that first account of Creation. What the biblical account does say is that He made them, male and female. "


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