In cooperation with Bishop Geoffrey Robinson and
his publisher, John
Garratt Publishing, we have pleasure in presenting the end chapter
meditations from his book which has created so much interest around the
world. Today the reflection comes from Chapter Ten.
"The Return to an Original Sexual Ethic"
It is in their personal relationships that most people find the deepest
and most rewarding sources of love in their lives.
Since love is the deepest longing of the human heart, these personal
relationships are as important to us as the air we breathe and the food
we eat. Without them our lives would wither and die. They are subtle and
fragile, and yet touch profound depths within us.
If we deliberately or carelessly harm the relationships of a person,
all of our alleged respect for that person's life, possessions and good
name is pretence and deception.
Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God is big enough
to brush aside most of our direct offences, but cares passionately about
what we do to other people, and in a particular way to their relationships.
"Love one another", said Jesus, that is, make sure that your
relationships with other persons are based on more than your own self-interest
or pleasure. Make sure they are relationships that avoid all harm and
do everything positive to help others to grow to become all they are capable
Credit: These meditations
are taken from the end of chapter reflections in Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's
book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic
Church — Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus, published
by John Garratt
Publishing. We thank Bishop Robinson and John Garratt Publishing
for permission to reproduce these meditations on Catholica
Geoffrey Robinson who has degrees in Philosophy, Theology and
Church Law, was Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney from
1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1994 he was elected by the
Australian Bishops to the National Committee for Professional Standards,
coordinating the response of the Catholic Church in Australia to
revelations of sexual abuse, and from 1997 until 2003 he was co-chairman
of this committee..
We welcome your thoughts in response to Bishop Robinson's reflection
in our forum.
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