"In all times and places it has been man's delight to think of human love as a type of divine Love and of human marriage as a type of the marriage of the soul with God."
"But how shall I ever forget the strange, inexplicable rapture of my first experience? What marvelous thing was this that suddenly transformed a mere water-tap into a pillar of fire, and water into an elixir of life? I lived henceforth in a strange world of contradiction: something was called filthy which was obviously clean; something was called ridiculous which was obviously solemn and momentous; something was called ugly which was obviously lovely. Strange days and nights of mystery and fear mixed with excitement and wonder - strange days and nights, strange months and years."
"There can be no movement of the flesh or of the imagination which cannot thus be sanctified and turned to sweetness. There is good at the root of all our desiring...Appetites which kindle in us the flames of ungovernable lust or wrath were not perhaps ungovernable in their beginnings, and if, before too late, we give thanks for the good which is their primary nature, we may, I do not think I deceive myself, turn what seemed sultry and threatening, however alluring, into the cool and friendly."
"...sexual activity is aligned to godliness."
"...the sexual organs...are 'redeemed' by Christ and 'made dear.'"
"...everything is religious by which God is praised, and in this sense the Song of Solomon is a religious poem indeed...[H]is praises are sung in the strongest of all symbolic terms. The love of man and woman is made the symbol of God’s love for man, and of Christ’s love for the Church."
"I wish I could get you to see the point about Christianity – e.g. when we ‘Marry’ we don’t say to a girl: Madam you realize that we are the embodiment of an idea (or do you?). We say: darling, we two persons are now one flesh – or words to that effect. It’s a love affair first and last. Joining the Church is not like joining the I.L.P. or the 3rd International. It’s like getting married and, speaking analogically, we are f ****d by Christ, and bear children to him – or we don’t. The Church is the whole body of Christians – the bride."
"I found a thing in my mind and I opened my eyes and found it in front of me. You don't become a Catholic by joining the Church; you join the Church because you are a Catholic."
All the above words were written by Eric Gill, the man who carved the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral and who invented the Gill font and other fonts and who illustrated (controversially) the Song of Songs and who did much "erotic religious" work and who frequently sodomized his daughters and who had incestuous relations with his two sisters, one relationship of which was lifelong, and who had much extramarital sex and who engaged in orgies and who habitually exposed his genitals to people with whom he was conversing (made convenient by a sort of faux habit under which he wore nothing) and who sodomized his dog and who, most disturbing of all, to all appearances (though who knows), died unrepentant.
But why should that information prevent any of you Westians from using the above quotes to promulgate your distorted interpretations of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body? Because "to the pure all things are pure", right?
Yes, West loves using those words of St. Paul out of context doesn't he? Yes, he most certainly does. A very Westian principle to do that. Gill was fond of it too:
"...even pornographic photographs are generally photographs of things very good in themselves. I mean: what's wrong with a naked girl that you shouldn't look at a photograph of one? What's wrong with sexual intercourse that a picture of it should be considered damnable?"
Anyways, you can have him and you can keep him, because he was most certainly your prophetic forerunner, indeed.