Monday, January 2, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 155

155.  Saint John Paul II very subtly warned that a couple can be "threatened by insatiability"158.  In other words, while called to an increasingly profound union, they can risk effacing their differences and the rightful distance between the two.  For each possesses his or her own proper and inalienable dignity.  When reciprocal belonging turns into domination, "the structure of communion in interpersonal relations is essentially changed".159  It is part of the mentality of domination that those who dominate end up negating their own dignity.160 Ultimately, they no longer "identify themselves subjectively with their own body",161 because they take away its deepest meaning.  They end up using sex as form of escapism and renounce the beauty of conjugal union.

157 Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes, 49.
158 Catechesis (18 June 1980), 5: Insegnamenti III/1 (1980), 1778.
159 Ibid., 6.
160 Cf. Catechesis (30 July 1980), 1: Insegnamenti III/2 (1980), 311.
161 Catechesis (8 April 1981), 3: Insegnamenti IV/1 (1981), 904.