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Q. The Church’s View on Masturbation
The Church's View on Masturbation - Catholic Q&A
God designed sexual expression to unite a man and woman in an intimately loving embrace that is total, faithful, free and fruitful—and thus in marriage. Consequently, masturbation is a sin against the Sixth Commandment , because it violates the God-inscribed unbreakable bond between the love-giving and life-giving aspects of the marital act see CCC Instead of the intimate and mutual self-giving that is the hallmark of the marital act, masturbation—and whether within marriage or outside of marriage —is an act in which one turns selfishly inward. Masturbation attempts to dualistically divorce the physical behavior we choose to engage in from shaping our self-identity, as if the former had nothing to do with the latter. Masturbation fails to see that our bodies are not something we have but are essential to who we are and how we express ourselves as human persons, as body-soul composites CCC In his address to a group of U.
Dear Grace: What is the Catholic Church's teaching on masturbation? Is it viewed as a mortal sin or as a venial sin? Could it prevent us from getting into heaven? To answer this, let us look, first of all, at the Church's teaching. In , the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethics , and it is this document that the Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes regarding this issue.
Among the world's religions, views on masturbation vary widely. Some religions view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental and others take a situational view. Among these latter religions, some view masturbation as allowable if used as a means towards sexual self-control , or as part of healthy self-exploration, but disallow it if it is done with wrong motives or as an addiction. Masturbation was now valued as an adult, non-pathological, pleasurable activity.