(Tim) From Joe Sobran's latest column celebrating the fortieth anniversary of "one of the most prophetic documents of the last century," Humanae Vitae:
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Strange as it may seem, nearly all Christians used to agree that contraception is contrary to God's law. This began to change in 1930, when the Church of England decreed at its Lambeth Conference that married couples might licitly use contraceptives in cases of hardship. Other Christians were shocked, discerning that the floodgates had been opened by this first fatal concession.
One might mention countless baleful results, such as the current demand for sodomite "wedlock." The real sexual revolution, however, occurred not in the noisy or flamboyant homosexual precincts, but quietly, in the marriage bed. Everything else is an offshoot, a byproduct of the compromise of the marital act, a perversion that has become the norm in the "advanced" countries of the West. In view of this, the perceptive homosexual advocate Andrew Sullivan has gloated, "We are all sodomites now," and he is not far wrong. Gay activists are merely acting out the logic of non-procreative hedonism...
Despite their radical affectations, they are winning easy acceptance from conventional people who see nothing amiss or morally dubious in sensual pleasure for its own sake.
Most people merely drift with their times, and they readily accept evil so long as it wears the guise of normality and convention. "Satan's cleverest wile," said the French poet Baudelaire, "is to convince us that he doesn't exist." And this purpose is half-achieved as long as we picture him as a cartoonish figure with horns, trident, and red tights. If he were that obvious, whom could he ever deceive? But he and his legions seem to be holding their own with Jesus' disciples as fishers of men; at least I do not think their nets are often empty.
The chief beneficiaries of the sexual revolution have always been lecherous men, eager for irresponsible self-indulgence without the duties of fatherhood. The funny part is that when the Catholic Church simply repeats the balanced morality she has always taught, largely inherited from the ancient Jews, the modern world accuses her of being "obsessed with sex."