|Andrew Sullivan reviews a new spiritual memoir by Tony Hendra in this piece (registration required) for The New York Times. Here's a short excerpt:|
Father Joe elaborates to Tony:
''Sex is a sacrament?''
''D-d-don't tell the Abbot!''
''There's no sin in having sex?''
''Yes yes yes. There can be. But sex is a sin less often than we're led to believe. It's all a question of context. If you have sex to hurt or exploit another, or to take pleasure only for me, me, me, and not return as much or more to your lover . . . then it becomes sinful. . . . They've made sexual sins the worst sins of the lot, haven't they? Because sex is so powerful, people are fearful of it! We must take the fear out of sex as well.''
Sullivan concludes his review with this advice: "If you are a Catholic who feels, as I have, more estranged from his faith than ever; if you are simply a person longing to live a deeper, more meaningful life; then I beg you to read this book..."