Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Catholic Nudism, the USCCB, and Bid to ‘Eradicate’ Evil

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB vice president, listen during a Nov. 12 presentation in Baltimore on the centenary of the USCCB. The afternoon workshop was followed by a special Mass on the eve of the bishops' fall general assembly. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See USCCB-CENTENARY-TALKS Nov. 13, 2017.

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, July 13, 2020

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology.  ….

If one dares to search the internet, it may be possible to find twenty-year-old reports of Catholic nudism. The practice never got much coverage, although the proponents claimed to derive their ideas from Pope John Paul II’s innovative “theology of the body.”

In a series of Wednesday addresses back in the 1980s, Pope John Paul II expounded upon the sacramental meaning of the human body, including human sexuality. His thought spawned the John Paul II Institutes in Rome and Washington, DC. Many of our priests studied at these impressively orthodox institutions and, today, provide hope for a Catholic restoration in a generation or two.

Unfortunately, without vigilance, every good thing can be undermined and perverted with hubris and lust.   ….