posted on Feb, 14 2013 @ 07:51 PM
I'd never thought I'd say this, but I think I understand what Truejew is getting at. Check this out:
Sex is intended to be both an expression of love for your spouse, and a beautiful means of procreation.
Sex is so special, powerful, and valuable that it is properly used only within marriage. If you're not married, you should abstain from sexual
I know: this is all very counter-cultural.
The truth sometimes is!
Sex is the ultimate gift husbands and wives can give: a total gift of self, body and soul. Sex is how you fulfill your wedding vows to love totally,
freely, and completely. As long as you both shall live. The secret of life is hidden in that intimate sharing.
The Catholic teaching on masturbation says that masturbation denies every aspect of that promise of sex — of that promise of your vows!
Focused on yourself
A withholding from your spouse
A statement that sex is only about pleasure — your own pleasure
Often accompanied by "adultery in your heart" through pornography and fantasy
The world has a way of saying that a lot of disordered things are "good".
Masturbation is radically self-centered, and radically un-Christian. That's why the Catholic teaching on masturbation says it's wrong. It turns us and
our sexuality away from God and toward ourselves by:
Training our sexuality in the habit of self-indulgence, not self-giving
Divorcing the pleasure of orgasm from union with the "other", your spouse
Turning away from the risks of loving another
Refusing fertility & the full responsibility of sex
I know — many educators and health professionals seem to be having a love affair with self-centered, self-indulgent sexuality. Why that is, I don't
They're wrong. They're not telling you the truth about sex, about yourself, or about life.
You and your sexuality are worth more than you can imagine.
And from the
2352 By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. “Both the
Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained
that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action.”138 “The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside
of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.” For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of “the sexual relationship which is demanded by
the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved.”139 (1735)
To form an equitable judgment about the subjects’ moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective
immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety, or other psychological or social factors that can lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum,
I know, I know it says Catholic teaching
, but I believe this is what Truejew was getting at.
edit on 2/14/2013 by IsidoreOfSeville because:
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