Thursday, May 7, 2009

Christopher West on Nightline

If you didn't know - Christopher West will be featured on Nightline tonight talking about Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

I am a HUGE proponent of the TOB and my life was changed by the JPII's teachings in this development of Christian doctrine on sexuality and our imaging of the Trinity. I have been learning, teaching, speaking, and writing about this ever since I discovered it and it changed my life (I have a book on TOB coming out in 2010), so I am excited to see it get the publicity it deserves. I also think Christopher is a great guy and a great voice for the teachings of JPII. Right now, he is the most public face of TOB and we ought to support his apostolate.

I just hope Nightline treats the subject fairly. They apparently don't have all their facts too straight, because they say Christopher is a "sex therapist". He is not.

Check it out tonight.

I will post commentary tomorrow. Pray for St. Mary's Theology of the Body team - The REVOLUTION - which is taking these teachings to the campus of A&M (and we hope to the entire country soon).

UPDATE: I just got this email from the Theology of the Body Institute.
Christopher West on ABC News Nightline Tonight 11:30 p.m. EST

Christopher West, senior fellow of the Theology of the Body Institute, was interviewed last week for an in-depth feature segment on ABC's Nightline. The interview was filmed on location in North Carolina during one of his conferences and also in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, near the headquarters of the Theology of the Body Institute.

We were informed today that the piece will air tonight (May 7). ABC Nightline airs at 11:35 EST. Check your local listing for more information.

Nightline has an average nightly viewing audience of four million. Please pray for those who will be exposed to the message through this medium

Over eight hours of taped interviews were edited down to seven minutes. We ask for your prayers through the intercession of John Paul II that the message of The Theology of the Body will be presented authentically.

God bless you,
TOB Institute Staff


Heidi Hess Saxton said...

It may be a blessing in disguise. I'll wager a lot more people will tune in to hear a "sex therapist" than "Catholic theologian." Especially the ones that most need to hear the message!

St. Paul the Great, pray for us!

Heidi Saxton
Extraordinary Moms Network

tour86rocker said...

Thanks for the heads up, Marcel. What did you think about it? I thought that whenever the journalist began summarizing or explaining West, he bent the truth in a way that cheapened it. He might have allowed West to say that Man should love his wife as Christ loved the Church, but not much else of substance.

Perhaps West shouldn't have given him eight hours of interview to comb through.