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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    Alice von Hildebrand takes Christopher West to task

    Christopher West is going a little too far, some say (I'd tend to agree):
    Renowned Catholic thinker Dr. Alice von Hildebrand has criticized Theology of the Body speaker Christopher West, saying his approach has become too self-assured. She criticized his presentations as irreverent and insensitive to the “tremendous dangers” of concupiscence.

    Also cautious of West’s remarks on his recent interview with ABC television were Mary Shivanandan and Fr. José Granados, both Catholic authors and theologians.

    The news segment showed him calling for Catholics to complete “what the sexual revolution began.” He also described “very profound” historical connections between Hugh Hefner and Pope John Paul II. (CNA)

    Now, if you are prone to disagree with what's quoted above, please read the entire CNA article first.

    I'm aware that many young people and couples have been deeply affected by Theology of the Body, but they should ask themselves if they were touched by Christopher West's presentation, or John Paul II's theological and mystical intuitions into human nature, which form the foundation of what is best in West.

    There are many layers here. It's a very important teaching that the world needs to see us live clearly.

    update - for more context, here is the link to Christopher West's interview on ABC.

    update 2 - in more fairness to West, here is West's "The Playboy and The Pope" from his Introduction to the Theology of the Body:

    But I think his using Heffner and the Pope together in the same sentence, for many critics, is simply an occasion for them to make their deeper points.

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