THE misuse of the God-given gift of sex is denounced in this Sunday's Pastoral Letter by Bishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton. The bishop is explicit in terming as morally wrong sex outside marriage, homosexual activity and self abuse but also calls for a recognition of why the Church's teaching and the Christian sexual ethic is "good and profoundly wise."
The bishops says "sexual relationships have true meaning only as an expression of a permanent and unselfish commitment to another person in marriage.
"Christian morality is more than sexual `do's' and don'ts', "continues the bishop who nevertheless warns against the moral values" of a society which denies, mocks and trivialises what is profoundly wise, true and life-giving."
Fr Anthony Churchill of Arundel and Brighton, speaking of the Letter said "the AIDS crisis has caused anxiety on the part of parents and clergy in the field of sexual morality. Such people may well welcome such a clear statement on Christian moral behaviour in the face of this."