I’ll begin with some excerpts from Anna M.H. in a note to Jennie Chancey:
I was indeed happy to find a [site] that is against feminism. I am a stay at home mother, 21 years old with one daughter…I attended a catholic college, Christendom college, which is entirely faithful to the magesterial teachings of the Church, both in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, handed down [through] the apostles.
While at Christendom I took a class on Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body. This is a compilation of a series of Wednesday audiences that he gave in his papacy meditating on the first few [chapters] in Genesis as well as the beatitude “blessed are the pure of heart,” Paul’s meditations on the glorified body and numerous other biblical passages dealing with the human body, the marital act, men and women and redemption. The pope in his sermons has theorized that all the problems of immodesty, fornication, contraception, abortion, and divorce, can be traced to the problem of the human person not being accepted as a gift to the loved but as an object to be used…I appreciate your [site] and would encourage you to read the Pope’s theology of the body as it offers more of a “why” rather than a “how” for modest dress. Thanks again for a wonderful [site] and you are in my prayers.
Your sister in Christ,
Anna M. H
The response from Chancey:
What a beautiful, thoughtful note! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. Your comments are so completely on target and reflect exactly what we are trying to get across in the Modesty section [of the LAF website]. Our postmodern (and post-Christian) culture is so intent upon “de-constructing” truth, art, beauty, and all things sacred that they are tearing the human body limb from limb–both literally (abortion) and figuratively (in clothing and movies)…
Your points are very timely and very helpful. I am a Protestant and do believe that Scripture gives us beautiful guidelines from beginning to end for our health, wholeness, and happiness, but I can still appreciate Pope John Paul II’s reflections on the created order and the beatitudes. Lovely!…With Christ as our focus, all other things fall away into insignificance.
Blessings in Christ,
Mrs. Jennie Chancey
My two cents
When talking about Catholic-Protestant relations, it tends to carry baggage. Putting the baggage aside, I really like the exchange that happened here.
With the first quote, I’ve sometimes blogged about the theology of the state, but I am glad to see there’s also a theology of the body. Come to think of it, perhaps there should be a theology of every concept, rather than just a philosophy of every concept.
Second, I like how Catholics use the term “the marital act”. Maybe there are Protestants who use that term as well, but it’s great how the term makes an inescapable link with the context of matrimony, rather than just a purely naturalistic or physical process.
Third, it was good to see a reference to deconstructionism and how it’s affecting our society. When most people come across a word like that, they might gloss over, but for those who don’t, they’ll understand why it’s important to know of its meaning, especially in a Christian context.
Chancey, J. (2005). Commentary and Questions from LAF Readers. Available: http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/artman/publish/Comments_and_Letters_23/Commentary_and_Questions_from_LAF_Readers_18841001884.shtml. Last accessed 10th May 2013.