On Male and Female

Posted on July 16, 2011 by


From an article by Bevil Bramwell 

Further, we can say with von Balthasar that the masculine involves “the transmission of a vital force that originates outside of itself and leads beyond itself.” This can apply to the incarnate Divine Son, who is masculine. It can apply to the male in a family of male husband and a female wife. It can apply to the clergy in the Catholic Church. How does von Balthasar describe the feminine in terms of being? He says the feminine works at creating, “reserves that are not geared to ‘needs’ and ‘consumption’ . . . but to being, to the background that gives meaning to things, to security, to making a home.” Here is the complementary balance in human being. This understanding of the feminine, however, can apply equally to Mary, the Church, and woman in the family.

There are two principles that the Church has always safeguarded that are increasingly under threat as the world becomes more technological, which has an important and toxic side effect that, for many of us, things have come to mean what we want them to mean rather than what they mean in relation to being itself and to divine revelation. So, for example, “marriage” means anything we may choose to apply the word to. This is antihuman even if the consequences can temporarily be concealed.

The Ontological meaning of Male and Female gives significance to the roles we play in society.  Without this sense of meaning everything is interchangeable.  The tyranny of the modern age is meaninglessness…it has given rise to every social ill we now face.

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