The Call of (Human) Nature

Many who self-identify as “gay” are not shy about appealing to nature to justify their lifestyle. They often say, “I was born this way” or “It’s natural for me to feel attracted to members of the same sex.” What they mean is that they didn’t consciously choose their attractions, so they must be natural. And since they’re natural, they must be …

Reverencing Sex For Goodness’ Sake

What can we say to someone who refuses to acknowledge nature’s blueprint for sexual sanity? Someone who, like the character Skipper from the 2014 movie Madagascar Penguins, says, “You know what? I reject nature.” I answer that we should reverence nature’s blueprint for sex for goodness’ sake. And I don’t mean this in the idiomatic sense of expressing frustration, but …

Bringing Sanity to Sex: Part 2 of 2

In my previous article, we saw that there is such a thing as sexual sanity, an objective reality with which we need to live in accord in order to be sexually sane. Regardless of someone’s personal motive for engaging in sexual activity, procreation is its natural end. Now, the charge that such a view reduces human sex acts to mere biology might have force …

Bringing Sanity to Sex: Part I

Sanity is to see what is (reality) and live in accord with it. If your grandfather thinks leprechauns are jumping in his butter dish and he gives them his butter knife to use as a springboard, then his sanity is defective. He mistakes a hallucination for what is real and behaves accordingly. As he tells you about this phenomenon at the dinner …

Why Human Nature is Important When Evaluating Sexual Behavior

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are acts of “grave depravity” and are “intrinsically disordered” because they contradict the natural law (CCC 2357). The natural law, which is a moral law built into the nature of man discoverable by the natural light of human reason, has always been the basis for the Church’s teachings on sexual morality. But …