Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Russell Brand on porn.... Whaaat? He even quotes the Pope!



This is completely unexpected! Whoa. Way to go Russell Brand!

You see, this how Natural Law works. We can understand the universal moral law by the light of human reason. Almost every word he says here is in harmony with Catholic teaching (the "priest" of whom he speaks is none other than Pope St. John Paul II):





Don't be thrown by the fact that he is apparently naked in bed. He's making a point: He himself is not free of the scourge of porn in his life.

But he totally gets the big picture. 

Wow!


15 comments:

  1. I don't keep up with popular culture well enough to even know who Russell Brand is. But well said, sir!

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  2. This is a great monologue--I hope it goes viral. Russell is a very entertaining guy in general.

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  3. From little things big things grow:

    Porn (softcore to hardcore) -> objectification (of men/women) -> utilitarianism (how good would he/she be in bed?) -> the ‘throwaway culture’ (that Pope Francis, for one, is repeatedly sounding the alarm about) -> violence (domestic and social) -> death (divorce/depression/abortion/suicide/euthanasia). The end.

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  4. Wow, I resisted watching this until I was really alone because I didn't quite believe you (haha, don't know why not?) but man, that was pretty great!

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  5. Alison, I know! It's like he's teaching Theology of the Body! Weird and wonderful!

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  6. Natural law? Girl, please.

    At least, that's the general reaction from the pro-SSM folks when I've argued against SSM (well, anything other than marriage between one man + one woman) on another blog.

    There is a natural order to this world, whether or not one believes in God. The fallout from perverting this natural order, be it through porn, divorce, abortion, etc., is real, whether or not one believes in God. Even if I weren't Catholic, weren't Christian, my intellect couldn't deny natural law. It sounds as though that's where Russell Brand is.

    Pray for him.

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  7. Girl from NY,

    Of course there's natural law. If there weren't, there simply couldn't be natural order in the universe! Lawlessness/anarchy only leads to chaos (something which the world, for some weird masochistic reason, seems really keen to experience these days). Try telling any scientist there isn't a natural order to everything in the universe - brought about precisely by natural law - and that all his/her findings are just a freak aberration within overall, overwhelming chaos! Ha!

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  8. Francis, shhh! You're making it sound as though we Catholics believe in science! We have low expectations to uphold. ;-)

    Isn't it funny how we don't believe in science, except when we do? Then when science is inconvenient for progressives (such as conception/life/abortion), they suddenly dismiss it? I could go on, but I don't want to derail the comments. (Not that that doesn't happen in the Bubble!)

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  9. Just one quick clarification, and forgive me if I am misunderstanding you, Francis.

    The Natural Law is the universal moral law that can be ascertained with the light of human reason (no revelation required). This is different from the "laws of nature".

    Just thought I'd throw that out there! I often think it's too bad that the term "Natural Law" is used... C.S. Lewis used a different word:

    “The Tao, which others may call Natural Law or Traditional Morality or the First Principles of Practical Reason or the First Platitudes, is not one among a series of possible systems of value. It is the sole source of all value judgments. If it is rejected, all value is rejected. If any value is retained, it is retained. The effort to refute it and raise a new system of value in its place is self-contradictory. There has never been, and never will be, a radically new judgment of value in the history of the world. What purport to be new systems or…ideologies…all consist of fragments from the Tao itself, arbitrarily wrenched from their context in the whole and then swollen to madness in their isolation, yet still owing to the Tao and to it alone such validity as they posses.”


    ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

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  10. Who is that guy? Loved the video!

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  11. He's apparently a famous comedian or someone in the entertainment industry, and he was married to the singer Katy Perry for a couple of years.

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  12. I've largely tuned out popular culture because I've found there's little entertainment that's well done, and has anything of value or virtue represented in it. In fact, mostly quite the opposite. Nevertheless, I still know the names and backgrounds of many of the players because they're the ones the media promotes in the headlines.

    Around the time that Russell Brand was involved with Katy Perry, something made me read up a little on him. He came from a broken home and had a sporadic relationship with his father; he was sexually abused when he was a child, and his father bought him a prostitute when he was 16 so he would lose his virginity. From there he spiraled into drug abuse and other vices. I remember reading about him and thinking what a sad mess he was; he was failed by his parents.

    It appears something's awakened in him and he wants to turn things around. Some people never get to that point. For those who do, you have to hope and pray the right people get in their lives and lead them firmly and lovingly. I hope he has at least one person who sees the value of his soul and helps him get on the straight and narrow.

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  13. Man so true on how much the world is bombarded by soft core everywhere! I was just driving down the road after dropping off a friend from work and there it was... a HUGE billboard... I can't remember what it said but it had a guy blindfolding a woman seductively and it was for an adult novelty store. Novelty... pshhh!

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