WE DON’T HAVEone source ofenergy for sex anda totally separateone for thespiritual life. Ourcapacity for love iswhat drives all ourdeepest yearnings.
with these challenges is our knowledge of the Catholic Church’s stanceon love and sex.
The general public assumption isthat the church thinks sex is wrongand sees sexuality primarily as a problem rather than as a gift. This couldnot be more mistaken. If anything,the church takes sex much moreseriously than the media or popular
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culture does. The church doesn’tsee sexual relationships as a form ofentertainment, a fashion statement,or an itch to casually scratch. Thechurch only sees sexuality within thecontext of human and divine relationships, and in that sense, it affirms avery positive view of sex.
The Catechism of the Catholic
Church says, “Sexuality is a source
of joy and pleasure,” and in Vatican
II’s Gaudium et spes, the church de-
clared, “The actions within marriage
by which the couple are united in-
timately and chastely are noble and
worthy ones. Expressed in a manner
which is truly human, these actions
promote that mutual self-giving by
which spouses enrich each other
with a joyful and a ready will.”