Reversing the Sexual Revolution
Josephine McKenna wrote an article that appeared in the Religion News Service. Her article summarizes one of the discussions that took place at the Vatican conference on November 18th, 2014. The discussion was centered on the destruction of traditional marriage and family. The speakers at the conference agree that that the destruction witnessed is due to the sexual revolution. We are living in a time when sexual freedom is at its peek and conservative views on sexuality are far from popular. Russell Moore, a prominent figure of the Southern Baptist Convention, said sexual liberation had created “a culture obsessed with sex” and that it has led to a “boredom of sex shorn of mystery.” Sex is no longer taboo in Western culture. As a student at University of Calgary it is not uncommon to hear about students engaging in activities such as one-night stands, pre-marital sex, pornography, cheating, and divorce. At one time all these things were socially unacceptable. The conservative Catholics at the Vatican conference argue that the rise of sexual freedom is far from beneficial to society. Instead, they claim that societies that are endorsing sexual liberation are seeing many negative effects. These effects include divorced families, mothers and fathers abandoning their responsibilities, as well as diseases such as HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Vatican members also claim that this approach is not an effective way to empower women and children but rather promote the male pursuit of “power, prestige and personal pleasure.” McKenna reports that Rick Warren, a California church pastor said that marriage must be celebrated and promoted in churches by scheduling vow renewals, congratulating successful marriages, and promoting marriage in the media. If examples of what healthy relationship look like are more readily available people may be more willing to consider the idea of marriage as the traditional life long commitment that it is designed to be. The amount of exposure to things like divorce and infidelity in the media has desensitized societies members. This desensitization has slowly created the illusion that those things are unavoidable and morally insignificant. People need a renewed hope in the commitment of marriage and family. A community that endorses those values, such as the church, may need to step forward and show society the damage that the sexual liberation movement has incurred and give society examples of what marriage and family should look like.