Posts Tagged ‘Sex’

Pope: enjoying food and sex is simply divine

Monday, September 14th, 2020

The pleasure we get from enjoying food and sex is “divine”, says Pope Francis. These pleasures have unjustly fallen victim to “overzealousness” on the part of the Church in the past which is “a wrong interpretation of the Christian message,” he says in a newly-published book of interviews with Carlo Petrini, an Italian culinary writer. Read more

In the face of sexual temptation, repression is a sure-fire failure

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

My first relationship to desire was to give in to it. As a teenager in the early aughts, I believed that life was found by identifying my desires and rushing toward their satisfaction. I played this out in academics and especially in sexuality. My life beat to the pulse of Ariana Grande’s chant, “I see Read more

The Catholic Church is sick with sex

Monday, September 10th, 2018

One pope was a father of 10 through multiple mistresses, a man who purchased the papacy with mule-loads of silver. It is said that Alexander VI, the most debauched of the Borgia pontiffs, elected in 1492, even had an affair with one of his daughters. Another pope contracted syphilis during his reign — a “disease Read more

Who am I to stop my daughters having sex?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

“Do parents have a say in when their teens start having sex?” asked a recent headline in the Lifestyle section of the Sydney Morning Herald. No, answered Kasey Edwards, mother of two daughters aged 8 and 3: As anyone who has ever been a teenager could attest, if a teenager really wants to have sex then they Read more

Let’s talk sex youth tell Vatican

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Young people helping the Vatican hierarchy prepare for next year’s Synod say the bishops should be open to hearing young people talk about sex, love and sexuality. The theme for the October 2018 conference is “Young people, faith, and vocational discernment”. To involve young people in planning and preparation for the conference, the Secretariat General of Read more

Major new study: sex education programmes do not work

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Newly released last week, to muted publicity, was a comprehensive, reliable and rigorous Cochrane review of studies reviewing school-based interventions on sex education. This was a large review, combining peer-reviewed data from more than 55,000 young people from around the world. Cochrane reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care resources. Read more

How pornography is damaging our children’s future sex lives

Friday, September 16th, 2016

When a therapist friend told Allison Havey that her then 13-year-old son was almost certainly viewing online pornography, she felt angry. “I was offended because I thought, why would he be doing that? It’s deviant behaviour and he’s not deviant.” What Allison now knows is that it’s natural for boys to want to look at Read more

Rolling sexual revolution crushing freedom

Friday, July 15th, 2016

When German writer and public speaker Gabriele Kuby talks about the effects of the West’s student revolution of 1968 she knows her stuff. She was there, at the Free University of Berlin, studying sociology and gung-ho with the anti-authoritarianism of the era. There has been a revolution in her own life since then and she Read more

A bit like broccoli

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A friend gave me permission to write this story. She and her husband were in the car, their three young daughters in the back seat. Suddenly, the youngest daughter announced, “Mummy and Daddy had sex three times.” Middle daughter, knowing there had been two miscarriages, corrected little sister. “No! They had sex five times.” Eldest Read more

There are worse sins than priests having sex: Archbishop

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

An African archbishop has said there are worse sins than priests who have promised to be celibate having sex. Archbishop Peter Akwasi Sarpong, who is Archbishop emeritus of Kumasi archdiocese in Ghana, was responding to people accusing priests of having sex. “Of course it is against their vows and it is inimical to the growth Read more