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Hugh Hefner’s Longings

I love theology of the body. And Christopher West is an indefatigible popularizer of JP2’s thoughts. But this thought of Christopher’s (from an ABC Nightline interview) I’m having trouble with: 

“I love Hugh Hefner,” said West. “I really do. Why? Because I think I understand his ache. I think I understand his longing because I feel it myself. There is this yearning, this ache, this longing we all have for love, for union, for intimacy.”

Right.

You can only remake Catholicism so far. There are only seven deadly sins; lust is one of them, and it’s not because it’s so wrong to yearn for love, union, and intimacy.

I mean I get his point: Maybe if Hugh were more in touch with his deeper longings for intimacy and had those met, he wouldn’t want to snuggle up with ever-changing quadruplets of young, nubile women.

Maybe.

And maybe sometimes we just have to suck it up and wait for death.

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