Category Archives: theology of the body

Catholic Discussions of Marital Sexual Ethics

In various online Catholic forums, the topic of marital sexual ethics is often discussed. I’ve been involved in many such discussions in the past, and I’ve read many similar discussions, in which I’ve not participated. I’m writing this post to … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XII: it is not impossible for married couples to abstain from sex

The controversy over Amoris Laetitia has raised the question as to whether it might be impossible for a divorced and remarried couple to refrain from sex, as the Church teaches they must. They do not have a valid Sacrament of … Continue reading

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500 Scholars Pretend To Support Humanae Vitae

When I first heard the news, that over 500 Catholic scholars issued a joint statement in support of Catholic teaching on contraception, I was pleased. Then I read the document and was deeply saddened. The statement, issued at the Catholic … Continue reading


Saint Jerome on Marital Chastity

Saint Jerome, Doctor and Father of the Church Illicit sexual acts within marriage are equivalent to fornication and adultery, as Saint Jerome taught: “And it makes no difference how honorable may be the cause of a man’s insanity. Hence Xystus … Continue reading

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contra Austin Ruse: Like Us or Not?

Over at Crisis Magazine, Austin Ruse has written a disturbing article about homosexuality which does not even pretend to be Catholic in its views: They Are Not Everywhere. They Are Not Like Us. I have some serious criticisms of this … Continue reading


Sacred Scripture on Chastity: The Epistles

Select verses from the Epistles of the New Testament which explicitly or implicitly teach us about the virtue of chastity, including chastity in marriage. [Romans] {1:25} And they exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And they worshipped and … Continue reading


Saint Alphonsus Liguori on Marital Chastity

Introduction Saint Alphonsus Liguori was a Catholic Bishop who lived from 1696 to 1787. He died at the age of 90 years. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI, and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius … Continue reading

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Some Priests break their Vow of Chastity indirectly

It is a grave personal sin, which also harms the Church, when any priest breaks his vow of chastity directly, that is, by having sexual relations outside of marriage. (Recall that some Catholic priests are validly married under Church law.) … Continue reading


Reply to False Claims about Marital Chastity

Which sexual acts are moral for a Catholic marriage couple? Each and every sexual act in a marriage must be both unitive and procreative. The unitive meaning includes the love of the spouses for one another, but it is not … Continue reading

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Catholic hypocrisy on gay marriage

I’m a believing and practicing Roman Catholic. I make no apologies for believing what my Church teaches on any and all subjects, including teachings contrary to the prevailing views in secular society. The Church teaches that same-sex marriage is not … Continue reading

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The Path to the Acceptance of Gay Marriage

What path did society take, so as to arrive at its current acceptance of same-sex marriage? It is this same path, in reverse, that society must travel to reverse its acceptance of gay marriage. 1. The first step on that … Continue reading

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The Priestly Abuse Scandal and Homosexuality

The vast majority of priests are not abusers. I myself have never been abused by a priest, nor by anyone. But I used to work with sexually-abused children and teens, so I have knowledge of many cases of this type … Continue reading


I don’t really want to comment on Bruce Jenner

But I feel morally obligated to correct a grave injustice by some of my fellow Catholics on this subject. One error, more generally, is the politicization of Catholicism. Certain Catholics are distorting the Faith, making it seem as if what … Continue reading

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The Distinction between Ordinary Foreplay and Sexual Acts

Certain popular Catholic authors claim that unnatural sexual acts are moral in marriage, if climax is lacking and if an act of natural marital relations open to life is included in the set of acts. I strongly disagree. And so … Continue reading


Catholic Moral Theology on Marital Relations

[Hebrews 13] {13:4} May marriage be honorable in every way, and may the marriage bed be immaculate. For God will judge fornicators and adulterers. The eternal moral law is universal, applying to all persons, at all times, in all places. … Continue reading

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Chastity, Celibacy, and Married Priests

Secular society badly misunderstands the terms chastity and celibacy. They think that a person who is not currently sexually active is “celibate”. And they think that a chaste marriage must be one in which the spouses do not have sexual … Continue reading


Unitive and Procreative Nature of Intercourse

That teaching, often set forth by the magisterium, is founded upon the inseparable connection, willed by God and unable to be broken by man on his own initiative, between the two meanings of the conjugal act: the unitive meaning and … Continue reading

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Modesty versus Immodesty in Catholic Teaching

Modesty Modesty can refer to self-restraint in every area of life. Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Augustine says (De Morib. Eccl. xxi): ‘In both Testaments the temperate man finds confirmation of the rule forbidding him to love the things of this life, … Continue reading


Modesty within Catholic Christian Marriage

[Sirach] {7:21} Do not choose to depart from a good and understanding wife, whom you have been allotted in the fear of the Lord. For the grace of her modesty is above gold. A wife should be modest even before … Continue reading


A Common Question in Marital Sexual Ethics

Can a husband and wife morally use unnatural sexual acts as foreplay, if these acts lack climax, and are performed in the context of an act of natural marital relations open to life? No, certainly not. Unnatural sexual acts are … Continue reading

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