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. Whatever the motive, solitary sex in itself contradicts the meaning of human sexuality, which is meant by God to be shared between a man and a woman in marriage.
Catholic Teaching on Masturbation: Straight Answers
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Lately I have begun to experience periodic impotence. My doctor recommends masturbation as he thinks my problem is psychological. Under these circumstances can masturbation be legitimate? Thank you. And the Catechism teaches that choosing these means for that end is gravely disordered and always wrong.
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. 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.