My GF and I typically go to a very conservative parish for Sunday mass together. I had gone to it here-and-there until we started dating, and now we are there almost every Sunday. It’s actually run by Opus Dei.
The parish is known for having very “dogmatic” sermons at times; something that my traditional Catholic friends who visited the parish also noted. Yes, the style they are delivered in is more like a teaching session than a sermon.
This hasn’t bothered me too much, as they don’t harp on the same things over and over again. The priests do cover new and relevant topics. However, this past Sunday, a sermon left me feeling…well, just odd.
It was quite frankly all about sex.
It felt like a Pre-Cana or university seminar about sex. Yes, the priest did mention about the holiness of it…the respect of bodies…how our bodies were paid for (in regards to this Sunday’s epistle) and we must respect that. All valid points.
Then the priest went on for 25 minutes about the details of it that I found odd in a parish sermon, using words like “fornication”…“a holy bed of matrimony”…“sexual attraction”…“sexual desire”…“two becoming one in the sexual act”…and many other points.
I didn’t get all huffed-up; I sat and prayed for the priest. I am no prude by any stretch either; I went to a Catholic all-boys high school years ago and I have heard everything.
Yet, I was still bewildered. If I had a child of a certain age with me at mass, I’d have covered his ears.
Have we progressed as a society so much here in the USA to have frank sermons on sex as such? Has anyone else’s “traditional” parish gone on at length in such a viral way about the topic of sex in a sermon?