Funny, in all the blogs I’ve done about Mark Driscoll’s antics I’ve never thought that his craziness might be embodied in non-Protestant traditions. However, apparently American Catholics have a similar iconic figure in the person of one Christopher West. West has, apparently made a career out of propagating JPII’s Theology of the Body and holding it up as the ultimate sex manual for Catholic Christians. He got particularly well known for comparing the Pope to Hugh Hefner in a Nightline interview in which he seemed to argue that the Hefner and JPII, together, rescued sex from prudish Victorian sensibilities. He, like good ole Driscoll refers to the Song of Songs as “the Bible’s centerfold.”
To his credit, West doesn’t seem to be as belligerent as his pomo fundamentalist cousin; but certainly no less sex-obsessed. I can’t help wondering though, if this passionate frenzy about sex among strongly conservative church leaders does more to fetishize sex than anything that ever happened under the tyrannical regime of Victorian sensibilities.
I mean, seriously, JPII and Hef aren’t even talking about the same thing when they talk about sex! The notion, so present in these sorts of circles, that a central duty of the church is to make sure that all its married parishoners are having fireworks going off in the bedroom every night seems to me to indicate the degree to which we’ve all bought into the kind of sexual obsession that creates the problems of frustration and fantasy in the first place.
Why the hell can’t Christians just let sex be ordinary?? That would be something radical.