Archbishop’s remarks on theology of the body

Julie Filby

Catholic News Agency contributed to this report.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila addressed a group of 100 people at the annual Family Celebration Dinner for natural family planning practitioners Feb. 8 at Centro San Juan Diego, the Hispanic institute for family and pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Denver.

The archbishop received a standing ovation for his remarks on NFP and theology of the body, the corpus of 129 general audience addresses delivered by St. John Paul II from 1979 to 1984, regarding the human person and human sexuality.

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“The truth is, the Church has many positive things to say about the gift of our sexuality,” Archbishop Aquila said.

The heart of these teachings is the sacramental view of reality on human sexuality, he continued, meaning that human bodies have a language that reveals something about the mystery of God’s inner life.

Archbishop Aquila said he believes the importance of theology of the body and the positive impact of natural family planning are foundational pillars to understand how Christ redeemed human sexuality after the fall of Adam and Eve.

“If you desire to experience and impart the joy and beauty of natural family planning, then you must understand the theology of the body,” he said.

During the dinner, Jane and Greg Benz (pictured below), NFP instructors at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield, were recognized with the Pope Paul VI Award for their contribution in the area of NFP, having taught more than 400 couples in the last 12 years.



COMING UP: Late St. Joseph deacon ‘reached out into the peripheries’ during ministry

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Deacon Maclovio (Max) Sanchez, 87, passed away peacefully in Olathe, Kansas on April 30. Deacon Sanchez was assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish in Denver throughout his diaconal ministry.

Maclovio Sanchez was born on May 21, 1931 in San Luis, Colorado, to Estevan and Emily Sanchez. He was baptized at Most Precious Blood Parish in San Luis, Colorado, on June 2, 1931 and grew up in Walsenberg, Colorado.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wasenberg.

On April 24, 1954, he married Mary Frances Marquez at Holy Rosary Parish in Denver.  Over the 65 years of their marriage, the couple was blessed with three children: Martin, Debra and Joshua. They also had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In Denver, Max worked for Midwest Liquor Company, delivering products to the area stores. But his love was directed towards the poor communities in the metro area.  Max was vice chairman of the Coalition for the Westside Betterment and President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank. He and his wife were also very involved in the parish at St. Joseph’s.

On March 22, 1975, Maclovio was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop James Casey. This was only the second class of men ordained in the archdiocese at the time. He was immediately assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish where he also conducted numerous Spanish Missions and served at the Westside Action Center. Retiring from ministry in 1993, he continued to serve at St. Joseph’s Parish as long as his health would allow.

“Deacon Max reached out into the peripheries and brought the lost back into the Church,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “We have been blessed to have such a dedicated Cleric and Servant of the Church in Denver.”