What are catholic views on sex before marriage?
It is wrong because:
If you wait until marriage, there is no risk of STD’s.
The gift of virginity makes the partnered feel special.
Casual sex is wrong as it causes hurt to others and devalues them, while also trivialising the act.
God gave humans the gift of sex in order to reproduce so sex should only happen when there is a possibility of new life.
What are contrasting views on sex before marriage?
It is a personal choice when you are ready.
Fine as long in a loving relationship, as Jesus taught that love is the most important thing.
Pre-marital sex is common, the Church needs to adapt to modern life.
What are catholic views on cohabitation?
Encourages a casual, selfish attitude to the relationship
Couples receive marriage preperation before marriage
Making vows publicly shows your commitment
Deepset commitment you can make and most secure setting for children
Pre-marital sex is more likely to occur
What are contrasting views on cohabitation?
It enables the couple to get to know each other better, which may prevent divorce.
The only important thing for children is that their parents love each other within a long relationship.
What is the sacrament of marriage?
Basic teachings about men and women from Genesis 1
- God created man and woman.
- Both created in the image of God and blessed by him so both of equal value.
- Men and women expected to procreate.
Teaching about men and women from Genesis 2
God takes ‘Adam’, representing humanity, and splits it into two complementary parts. Shows the idea of equality, harmony together, which isn’t possible in isolatio.
Quote about creation of man in God’s image and blessing of man:
‘So God created humankind in his image’
‘…male and female he created them. God blessed them,’
Quote about procreation:
‘Be fruitful and multiply’
Three beliefs about sexual love:
Sex should be inside marriage
Sex should be unitive
Procreative (open to creating new life)
Explanation of sex within marriage belief:
- Sacrament of marriage allows two people to commit themselves publicly and exclusively to each other
- Deeper connection
- Consummates marriage
Explanation of sex should be unitive belief:
Sexual love deepens couples’ love
‘..two shall become one flesh’. (Mark 10:8)
Adultery forbiden as it destroys the unity of the married couple.
Explanation of sex should be procreative belief:
- Through sex God creates new life
- Catholic marriage ceremony contains vow, consummate marriage
- Each and every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of life’ (Humanae Vitae 11)
- Contraception banned, life starts at conception
Basic teachings about human body and sexual relationships from Pope John Paul II
- God loves everyone and created both sexes to have dignity and value
- Full meaning of the body appreciated through deep relationship with opposite sex in marriage
- Sex essential part of marriage.
- Sex should only happen within marriage.
- True mutual love includes only having number of children that can be lovingly cared for
Pope John Paul II’s teachings about marital sex
-Unites a couples in self-giving love
-Brings two people into a communion of persons (sharing each other)
-Shows commitment, mutual love, and resoect, and leads to greater intimacy
-Gives possibility of creating new life (contraceptives not allowed)
- Couple can make use of natural periods of infertility to reduce chance of pregnancy (NFP)
Sometimes more loving to express fondness through non-sexual acts
Pope John Paul II’s teachings about extramarital sex
- Form of exploitation for personal pleasure
- Can make people selfish, only caring for themselves
- Aduktery breaks marriage vows and shows no commitment to partner
- Is a sin and distorts God’s original plan for human beings
- Can lead to people viewing others as sex objects, rather than individuals with dignity and value
Opposing views about extramarital sex in modern Britain
- Some people in Britain have casual sex with many partners
- Many people in Britain, including some Christians, view using contraceptives as a responsible way of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies
Is homosexual sex acceptable to the Catholic Church?
No, as there needs to be a posibliy of new life, as sexual intercourse should be procreative.
Major three teachings from the Catholic Church about marital sex
- Gift of virginity offered in marriage makes both feel special, priviledged and loved
- Sex before marriage devalues or trivialises it
- As there has been no sex before marriage there is no danger of sexually transmitted diseases