Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Reflection on November 28, 1984


We come to the final reflection of this group of talks. SJPII speaks of the importance of this deeper dive into this new Theology of the body. He admits that it is, more or less, commentary on Humane Vitae, but believes such a commentary is necessary. Because of the changing world, the teachings of the Church, although they do not change, need to be further developed and adapted. That is what he sees this as. The teachings have not changed, but the questions being asked have, especially because Humane Vitae was such a shock to the ways of the world. Technology continues to develop, both biologically and psychologically, and the world wants to push forward in new ways and calls it progress. The Church calls for progress, but under the ethical and moral foundations, and develops this Theology of the Body to help answer those questions and find that path.

The final lines, “to formulate these questions and seek their reply, it is necessary to find that biblical-theological sphere to which we allude when we speak of the redemption of the body and the sacramentality of marriage. In this sphere are found the answers to the perennial questions in the conscience of men and women, and also to the difficult questions of our modern world concerning marriage and procreation.” He makes it clear that in order to answer these questions in a appropriate and full way, we must start in the Scripture. This is the revelation that is Truth, this is what will endure, this is what we have from God to guide us. Yes, Tradition plays a role and SJPII makes it clear that these teachings are not new to the Church, merely adapted to answer the new challenges. But the focus of a majority of this has been Scripture and how we answer the challenges of today with the Words God has given us.