Category Archives: theology of the body

Which Sexual Acts are Moral within Marriage?

Today is the feast of Saints Louis and Zelie, parents of Saint Therese. I’ve written many articles on this question, which you can find here: The general answer is that the only moral sexual act is natural marital relations … Continue reading

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St. Francis de Sales on Marital Chastity

St. Francis de Sales, in his book, “Introduction to the Devout Life“, speaks of marital chastity. St. Francis: “The marriage bed should be spotless (Heb. 13:4) as the Apostle says, that is, free from immodesty and other unholy defilements. Also, … Continue reading

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When Priests and Deacons have Marital Relations

The Catholic Church has legitimately married priests, most of them in the Eastern Rite Churches, though some are in the Latin Rite. The Church also has married permanent deacons. There are still some theologians who say that all married clergy … Continue reading

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The Council of Trent on Natural Family Planning

The theological basis for Natural Family Planning (NFP) was established by the Council of Trent. The Council of Trent: “If anyone says that the Church errs when She decrees that, for many causes, a separation may take place between the … Continue reading

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Index to Articles on Marital Chastity

Here is a list of articles in my ongoing project to refute grave moral errors on marital chastity being promoted by certain Catholic teachers and authors. * A Debate About Marital Foreplay * My Debate with Michael Francis of Catholic … Continue reading

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What Heribert Jone wrote in Moral Theology

This post contains mature subject matter. I’ll try to keep the language as modest as possible. Christopher West, in his book At the Heart of the Gospel: Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization, cites Rev. Heribert Jone’s book Moral … Continue reading

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Address of Pope Pius XII to the Second World Congress on Fertility and Sterility

The following is my translation of the Address of Pope Pius XII to the Second World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, at Naples, France, on 19 May 1956. Original text in French and Latin from the Vatican website. [1] [The … Continue reading

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Q. 4: Can Catholic Spouses use Masturbation in the Context of Natural Intercourse?

No, they cannot. First, masturbation is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. The CCC defines masturbation as: “the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure.” [1] This sexual act is non-marital, non-unitive, and non-procreative. It … Continue reading

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Q. 3: Is it Moral for the Wife to climax outside the Natural Marital Act?

Neither the husband, nor the wife, may act, in any way, so as to deliberately climax outside of natural intercourse. This doctrine was taught by Pope Pius XII in his speech to the Address to the Second World Congress on … Continue reading

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Q. 2: Can Catholic Married Couples Use “Sex Toys”?

No, they cannot. The use of sexual devices (“sex toys” or “marital aids”), even in marriage, is gravely immoral. There are a number of reasons why this type of act is intrinsically evil and morally illicit. First, this type of … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph: sinless virgin and virginal spouse

In private revelations to Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil, the Virgin Mary appeared under the title of “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.” On some occasions, Saint Joseph also appeared, and he spoke to her, saying: “It is true my … Continue reading

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Q 1: Is the “One Rule” of West and Popcak approved by the Church?

Q 1: Is the “One Rule” of West and Popcak approved by the Church? No. It is condemned by the Church. In 1951, in his Address to Midwives, Pope Pius XII rejected a certain idea about marital sexual ethics. The … Continue reading

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