We learn from the Catholic News Service a shocking truth recently uncovered by the UN: having sex with fewer people decreases the chances of contracting AIDS!
So simple, it’s brilliant! Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? All these years we’ve been throwing condoms all over Africa, billions of condoms, and yet AIDS just continues to spread! Why didn’t anyone ever think of just asking people to limit their sexual contact?
Oh, wait. Somebody did. The Catholic Church. That’s right.
The problem is that we live in modernity, and modernity wants to have its cake and eat it, too. It wants to eat everything and anything it wants and still remain trim. It wants to sleep with anything it feels like sleeping with and never get sick. It wants all the joy and fun in the world but none of the consequences. It wants negative behavior with freedom from the negative results. It wants anything other than self-control, the submission of the passions to the reason.
The only way to lose weight—short of invasive surgery, anyway—is to eat less and move more; that is, to control the appetite, to subject the quantity and quality of the food we eat to the control of the reason. Similarly, the only way to prevent the negative effects of unvirtuous sexual activity is to subject the sexual appetites to the control of the reason. This means limiting sexual activity to the married state.
Modernity can’t have its cake and eat it, too. We need to abandon modernity and return to sensible ethical thinking focused on the virtues, perfected by the grace of Jesus Christ.
Praise be to Christ the King!