- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1986568334
- ISBN-13: 978-1986568333
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This books makes it clear with Magisterial documents, writings of the Saints and Doctors of the Church that unnatural sexual acts are contrary to God our Good, and each act stands on its own subject to the eternal moral law based on the tree fonts of morality (intention, moral object, circumstances).
If you have been told that Christopher West’s or Gregory K. Popcak books on this subject (theology of the body) are good, STOP, and read this book.
Another important aspect of this book is that the author explains clearly with modern English language. The book offers entire chapters dedicated to the teachings of the Magisterium, the Saints and Doctors of the Church, priests and theologians of the past and present on this subject and refuting the distortion of Magisterial teachings on this subject done by some contemporary authors.
And by the way, sodomy (unnatural sexual acts) are one of the “sins that cry to Heaven” (CCC# 1867), meaning one of the worst mortal sins there could be.
If you are sincerely searching for truth, and specifically sexual moral truth, (and therefore, God who is Truth), then I highly recommend this book.
Ron Conte is one of those eccentrics who, in a saner age, would have been the beloved clown or mountebank of his little village.
A self-styled "Roman Catholic theologian" (with a diploma probably obtained in a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes) and "translator" (who has created an unapproved "Conservative Bible translation", somewhat along the lines of Andrew Schlafly's, but with added kookiness, such as adding drug references to the Book of Revelation), Conte is well known for his controversial positions, such as his claim that Islam has salvific power and that the dubious apparitions of Medjugorje (or Medjugoogoo as skeptics like to call it) and Garabandal are the key to unlocking the mysteries of the End Times.
If he sounds like a character from a Dan Brown novel, I'll remind you that even Dan Brown has to get his ideas from something or someone that exists in the real world.
Not everything about Ron is bad. For one, he refuses to be drawn into the Sedevacantist / "Traditionalist" position that so many of his fellow armchair theologians have fallen prey to. Second, he is one of the few figures with the moxie to call out "celebrity bloggers" like Fr. Z for their duplicitous and scandalous conduct. Third, he has some genuinely good ideas about how Catholic salvation theology can be fixed to avoid the twin hydras of Feeneyism and Universalism.
He's not so much a stopped clock as a man who is stubborn about his convictions, whether they are right, wrong, or a peculiar admixture of both.
Which brings us to this book.
On the one hand, the position taken in this text is all too easy to caricature: it reduces marital sexual relations to the assembly of IKEA furniture or LEGO blocks (or, in the immortal words of Tara Gilesbie, "He put his thing into my you-know-what"). According to Mr. Conte, apart from the almighty smooch, this is the only sort of sexual act that is licit between married Catholics: insert Knob A into Hole B, wham, bam, thank you ma'am.
On the other hand, his attitude is a timely corrective to the many "Catholic" libertines (from the Jesuit "laxists" via Heribert Jone to Christopher West) who want Catholic marital relations to be a cross between a bad porn movie and "Lady Chatterley's Lover", and whose position seems to be "anything goes, as long as it feels good". According to these "thinkers" (whose problem is precisely that their limited blood supply seems to leave their brain and visit their nether regions when they write on sexuality), S&M and sodomy (i.e., the sins of Gomorrah and Sodom - today sometimes known vulgarly as "oral sex" and "anal sex") are all fine, as long as everything ends with Insert Knob A in Hole B.
While Conte's position is rather ridiculous (and clearly shows him to be a celibate simpleton - which is not a bad thing; I can respect innocence in today's sexually corrupt world), it is a timely corrective to the overly worldly and concupiscent stance taken by authors such as West, Greg "Holy Sex" Popcak, and Edward "Fatboy Slim says there's Sex in Heaven" Feser. For this, if for nothing else, it deserves a golf clap and two stars - which is a good sight more than anything Conte's books on Medjugorje are worth.