According to Catholic Dogma, having sex for just pleasure, (whether married or unmarried), is immoral.

The teaching of Pope Gregory the Great on marital sexuality can be better understood when it is compared to John Paul II's teaching on the same subject. John Paul II describes lust as " . . . reducing the riches of the perennial call to communion of persons . . . to mere satisfaction of the sexual 'need' of the body."[12] Furthermore, John Paul II states that "Man can commit this adultery 'in the heart' also with regard to his own wife if he treats her 'only' as an object to satisfy instinct."[13] For example, this would be the case if a married couple would deliberately have sexual intercourse only on the woman's presumed infertile days without the willingness to accept unexpected children if pregnancy should occur. To practice periodic continence without this willingness on presumed infertile days, would be to intentionally reduce one's partner to "only an object" of pleasure and consequently, to violate the law of marriage and commit the sin of lust.[14] John Paul II teaches, therefore, that this seeking of pleasure by means of marital sexual intercourse can become the sin of lust if the married couple make the seeking of pleasure the 'exclusive' purpose in performing the act of marital sexual intercourse.

Putting the teachings of these two Popes together, one can say: according to Pope Gregory, if one makes the seeking of pleasure the primary purpose in marital sexual intercourse through excessive or immoderate copulation, then one exceeds the rights of marriage but not the law of marriage. However, according to John Paul II, if one makes the seeking of pleasure the exclusive purpose of marital sexual intercourse, by "reducing" one's partner to "only an object" of pleasure, then one exceeds both the rights and law of marriage (in lust). As one can see, these papal teachings are in perfect harmony and complement each other.

Humanae Vitae also Agrees

Perhaps now one can see how Paul VI's teaching in Humanae Vitae consistently fits into the teachings of Pope Gregory and John Paul II. First of all, however, one must recall what God has revealed concerning human sexuality and marriage through a dual account of creation in the book of Genesis. In the first account of creation God created human beings, "male" and "female," blessed them, and said: "Be fertile and multiply" (Gen. 1:27-28). In the second account of creation the Scriptures relate that God created man and woman out of one "flesh" and "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body" (Gen. 2:23-24). The dual account of creation of man and woman reveals that the two goods or purposes of marriage are procreation and unity.

Paul VI teaches, therefore, that there is an "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 the procreative meaning."[15] Consequently, one cannot appeal to love (the unitive meaning of sexual intercourse) in order to exclude children (the procreative meaning of sexual intercourse) through the use of contraception.[16] Because of the "inseparable connection" between the two meanings of the conjugal act, one cannot exclude the procreative meaning without also excluding the unitive meaning. Married couples, therefore, who wish to forgo conception during periods of fertility, may not reduce each other to "only an object" of sexual pleasure by using contraception. They must love each other without the use of their organs of generation and hence, without the benefit of sexual pleasure. They must respect the integrity of each other through mutual abstinence.[17]

Thus the Catholic Church does not condemn the presence of pleasure in marital sexual intercourse, but she does condemn the use of sexual intercourse exclusively for the sake of pleasure. And this use of sexual intercourse exclusively for the sake of pleasure occurs when a spouse excludes the unitive and procreative goal of the conjugal act through the use of contraception, sterilization, abortion, or by practicing periodic continence without the willingness to accept unexpected children on presumed infertile days.[18]

So the teachings of Popes Gregory (I) the Great, Paul VI, and John Paul II are all consistent and complementary. The Church has consistently taught that "only" when a spouse exclusively seeks pleasure in marital intercourse, does the seeking of pleasure in marital intercourse violate the "law" of marriage and become the sin of lust.

The above quotes are from Rev. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap. article, Papal Errors in the Ordinary Magisterium? scroll halfway down the article.

The above article is from the Papach and Infallibility Apoligetics Index Page, scroll halfway down in the Papal Infallibility section.

Catholic dogma, (divine law), says:

  • outside the church there is no salvation,
  • all birth control, except abstinence is evil,
  • having sex for just pleasure (whether married or unmarried), is immoral
  • Maybe, abstinence should be taught in the schools and PTA.

    The above statements were from the September 2000 Washington State primary Voters Guide Statement when Louis Bloom ran for Washington State Treasurer. He lost.

    The Olympia Washington Kiwanis members and their friends have cost the Washington State taxpayers over $50 million dollars (so far), because of their willful ignorance of long term, merciless and well known, child abuse that occurred at the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.

    October 2006 note: This Olympia Kiwanis stuff is old news. I've left this information on the web, because I like the thought that someone will say to one of these Kiwanis friends or members: "Grandma, (Grandpa), are you still friends with those Olympia Kiwanians?"

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