Roman Catholic Teaching on Reversing the Effects of the Fall of Adam & Eve

RayneBeau

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By the 4th century, spiritual counselors encouraged the virgins in their care to enhance the holiness of their lives through acts of mortification of the flesh, including self-flagellation and prolonged periods of fasting from food and wine. Such measures often resulted in amenorrhea, the cessation of menstruation. Amenorrhea, in the eyes of Roman Catholic St. Jerome, came to represent tangible proof of the virgin's being able to reverse the effects of the Fall of Adam and Eve and to achieve a pristine wholeness of being.
This teaching that mature women - sexual women - could be transformed by rigid discipline into innocent children of God was passed down through the centuries in Roman Catholic convents, where nuns and religious sisters attempted to attain sanctity by the hair shirt, the scourge, and the stone, which they used to beat against their breast in the manner exemplified by St. Jerome in painting after painting, including Leonardo De'Vinci's unfinished masterpiece in the Vatican. Prior to Vatican II, ascetic practices were still in play. In the 1950's, the novices at Woodstock, the former Jesuit seminary in the state of Maryland, were given a spiked band to wear on their thigh as an act of penance.
It's no wonder that all those different orders of Roman Catholic nuns who taught school back in the 50's and 60's were so horribly ill-tempered, mean, cruel and abusive mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically to innocent children who were placed in their care 5 days a week - and back then, children would have never tattled to their parents about the treatment given to children during school hours, because nuns were revered as being so religious and holy, and so close to God - they even wore wedding bands, received when they took their final vows - as a visible proof that they were married to Christ. :rolleyes:
 

RayneBeau

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For those of us who were still being duped by Roman Catholicism in the 60's and 70's - how many remember that thanks to Vatican II, the general reaction to the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, with all it's proclamations by progressive clerics and the theological studies done, the Roman Catholic laity was forced to face the conclusion that they had been deluded by their (Un)Holy Mother Church and her proclamations of the 'divine law' governing the most intimate aspect of their lives. All the RCC's laities long years of self-denial, of sexual abstinence, of confessing to a priest and making satisfaction for every minor sexual transgression had been wasted in order to uphold the spurious claims that had arisen from Stoic philosophers and sex-crazed ascetics. The notion of natural law and the virtue of chastity, were tossed out the door along with the Roman Catholic Church's other medieval baggage. Their lives had been misspent by living in accordance to a Roman Catholic code of morality that was philosophically misconceived and theologically outmoded. Sex, the laity was now taught, could be enjoyed simply for self-gratification.
Being Roman Catholic truly meant that sex in marriage was only for reproduction. For hundreds of years Roman Catholics were not taught nor encouraged to believe that God's plan for husbands and wives is to enjoy sex and to delight one another through sex.
Far be it from the Roman Catholic Church to teach that God shares with us the love and delight dimensions of sex in marriage. Sex is not for reproduction only, but for a bonding of love and enjoyment between husbands and wives, which the Roman Catholic Church viewed and punished as 'sin', instead of preaching the love of God and His salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
 
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