There seem to be alot of holes in your line of thinking. It makes no sense to say that just because he makes money he is somehow doing it for money. That could apply to every layperson who has ever sold a book on theology. Just no basis for it. It seems you ahve alot of holes in your line of reasoning. I explained to you what West was donig in the comparison with Hefner but you chose to ignore it. Should B16 have not mentiond prostitutes, condums and tending toward the good. The procreative act is one of intent and not always the end. Every conjugal act needs to be open, not neccesarily succeed, in the procreation of children.
I think you have a problem with Christopher WEst for some reason. I wont speculate why. Also there are some basic holes in your lien of reasoning. I am not sure that you do understand the procreative and unitive act of marriage, at least not at the level of a more established, educated and well read theologian, lay or otherwise. And no I am not attackign you or getting a dig in just stating what seems to be clear. When you boil the sexual act down to prohibitions, than you dont get it, at least not completely.
I would respectfully say that take some time to read over the meaning of marriage and Theology of the Body. Perhaps you would have a better understanding of the conjugal act and its context within God's Divine Economy.
Once again I am not attacking, or getting a dig in but a lack of understanding, coupled with a conservatives zeal seems to be prevalent in the forums, at least some of the time. I am simply, out of charity, suggesting you do a little more reading and praying, as we all do.
My basic criticism of Christopher West comes down to his Hugh Heffner reference. I think Mr. West attempts to glorify marital sex more than he should. That doesn't mean he is necessarily wrong - it is his style that I think is too over the top - plenty of others have no problem with it. If money and fame are part of his motivation - I don't think there is necessarily wrong with that either. We live in America - you have a right to make money and pursue fame. I also said there is a lot of value if what Christopher West does - if you read my original post - I said I was basically neutral. My only major criticism is the Hugh Heffner reference. He may have later ackowledged that he shouldn't have made that reference. I don't know - I suppose we should just agree to disagree on this one, isolated comment.
I don't need any more education on Theology of the Body. I get it. I dont think it just boils dows to prohbitions - I get the procreative and unitive elements involved. I think it is a constructive document that explains catholic sexuality in great detail. Christopher West put it more in layman's terms - there is value in that. Yet - he is NOT the post, nor a priest - he is not above criticism. If you don't agree with me - fine. Let's leave it at that. THe other poster here, so far - Mick - is far more critical than I am. Perhaps you should respond to him.