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By Robert Obach

ISBN-10: 0739130870

ISBN-13: 9780739130872

The Catholic Church on Marital sex treats the best way the Catholic Church has moved clear of an angle of conditional reputation of marital sex at the foundation of its application to popularity that the dynamics of sexual union are either stable and holy, not just simply because that's the approach little ones are conceived, but additionally as the marital act complements the affection of husband and spouse for every different.

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Another drawback to the defense of marriage is found in the fact that many of the fathers favored Stoicism, the Greek philosophical outlook that stressed logic and reasoning while disdaining the affective dimension of human existence. ”6 Tertullian The brilliant Tertullian (160–220), although married, perceived marriage as a state in which carnal desire could easily lead people away from God. His idea of a spirituality of sexuality can be seen in his Exhortation to Chastity. There he listed three forms of virginity.

Noonan, Contraception (New York: The New American Library), 90. 3. 6, PG 7:506–10, cited in Noonan, 90. 4. Peter Brown, The Body and Society (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988), 86. 5. Clement of Alexandria cited in John Ernest Leonard Oulto and Henry Chadwick, “On Marriage,” art. 27, Alexandrian Christianity, The Library of Christian Classics, Vol. II (Philadelphia: Westminister Press, 1954), 52–53. 6. Sherwin Bailey, Common Sense About Sexual Ethics: A Christian View (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1962), 29.

Right-wing Gnosticism’s rigorist denial of any goodness in the marital act put the early church in the position of having to justify marital intercourse. Church leaders found themselves working out arguments that could defend the lawfulness of marital union between spouses. This process was further complicated by the fact that the majority of early Christian leaders favored virginity. And so the leaders had great difficulty in perceiving that the pleasurable activity involved in marital relations was good.

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