The Puritans and Sex

CNA carries a story about Catholic author Christopher West’s “Theology of the Body,” and conservative Catholic opposition to him.

Unfortunately, both West and his critics engage in misguided and erroneous bashing of Puritans, accusing them of being against sex and against the body.

But hold on there. Did the Puritans demand that their clergy be celibate? Did the Puritans establish monasteries and convents, viewing “virginity” as a more spiritual state than matrimony? Did the Puritans give us fasting during Lent and abstinence from meat on Fridays? No.

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