Give the Prince of Peace a Chance

Catholic Answers | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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So which side was right? Woodstock certainly didn’t light the fuse of the sexual revolution and related cultural pathologies, but it was certainly emblematic of their disordered spirit. Man’s endeavors cannot conceive—let alone achieve—the self-denial and self-donation that is integral to the agapic love to which Christ calls his disciples and empowers them to live in advancing a genuine civilization of love (Matt. 16:24-27).

“Make Love, Not War” may sound catchy and true until you’re rudely reminded that sex invariably has consequences, and not good ones apart from matrimony. To the extent that sex is viewed as the consummation and renewal of the lifelong marriage covenant between a man and a woman, data shows that individuals, couples, families, neighborhoods, cities, and societies flourish. In addition, the possibility of procreation is a natural affirmation of the religious conviction that two people who are conjugally intimate should be married (see Gen. 2:23-24).

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On the other hand, prospective and existing families as well as neighborhoods, cities and societies are progressively undermined with each and every act of fornication or adultery, given the uncommitted and thus self-centered nature of these encounters. Self-centered here entails deliberately flouting God’s plan or foolishly attempting to remake Christ in our own image (Gen. 1:26-27), instead of conforming ourselves to his plan with childlike trust (Matt. 18:1-4).

An iconic example is John Lennon, who couldn’t make Woodstock but released his antiwar anthem—“Give Peace a Chance”— a month earlier, and performed it a month after Woodstock at a music festival in Toronto. The previous year, however, Lennon had left his wife Cynthia and son Julian, causing havoc for both, as a reviewer of her memoir John reports:

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