As a lay Catholic, I find the rising popularity of ‘Theology of the Body’ seminars to be encouraging. It is a positive trend in the pastoral approach to Church teachings about sexual morality. It is nice to see that some elements of the Church understand that presenting a compelling positive vision of morality is more effective than providing a list of do’s and don’ts. After age five or so, the “because I said so” approach by itself lacks effectiveness.
If I were a cynical American Catholic, I guess I could counter that it is indeed a good thing to see laid out a positive compelling vision of sexual morality for American Catholics to ignore rather than a list of do’s and don’ts of sexual morality for American Catholics to ignore. But only marginally so. Good thing I’m not cynical, eh?