Sister Lucia, one of the three children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima and who died just a year or so ago, said that Our Lady told them that more souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than any other kinds of sins. I’m not sure whether “sins of the flesh” includes drunkenness and drug addiction or just sexual sins, which is what the expression usually means. In any case, it is becoming more and more obvious that the so-called “sexual revolution” is well named: it is a total revolution against Judaeo-Christian morality and against the natural law.
In this morning’s newspaper, two articles prove this. One is that the Episcopal Church in the United States has reiterated its approval and support of persons leading a homosexual lifestyle, even to the point of ordaining them to the ministry and the state of being bishop. And the other was an article about the very good English actress, Helen Mirren, who recently won the academy award for her role in the movie, “The Queen.” I knew nothing about her personal life before reading this, but it turns out that she has had several husbands and lived with each of them for some years before marrying them. This is somewhat surprising because of her age; she’s in her 60’s, I believe. But nothing is surprising about the behavior of the people in the entertainment fields. The sex lives of many of them are utterly pagan, even though if asked, they would probably profess some sort of belief in God, and maybe even a Christian affiliation. And the saddest part of it is that they are the “heroes” and “heroines” to many of our young people today. The assumption is that if those “beautiful people” can live like that, then it’s okay, it brings popularity, fame, success, and happiness.
Then just a few days ago, a friend sent me the column called “Miss Manners” from one of our daily papers. I was delighted by what I read, because in it, “Miss Manners” is criticizing the way brides dress these days. She points out that most so-called wedding dresses are in fact ball dresses and are totally inappropriate for a solemn occasion like a wedding, especially when it takes place in a place of worship. I have been criticized for refusing to officiate at weddings where the bride’s dress features visible cleavage, bare shoulders, or bare back. That is no way to dress in church. Sometimes the brides use as an excuse the fact that that’s the only kind of dress they could find. Which is not a valid excuse. If they are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a dress, they can find a good dressmaker who would make the dress that they want rather than what is dictated by current fashion.
Modesty is very closely allied to chastity. A person who is willing to appear in public or on TV or movie screens nearly naked, says a lot about his or her behavior in private. Let us be very clear about it: sex, which is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, is being so abused nowadays that it is undermining our culture, our relationship with God— and one another, of course—and is destroying both bodies (as in the case of AIDS and aborted children) and souls, as in the case of those who turn away from God in order to achieve sexual pleasure any way they can get it. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.