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Why is Masturbation a Sin?
Is Masturbation a Sin? Does the Bible Say It's Wrong?
If one definition of masturbation can be "self-stimulation limited to self-gratification that is incapable of any generative possibility", then that is exactly what the Vatican is exercising with ever-greater vigor and enthusiasm - against Jesuit theologian Roger Haight, and Elizabeth Johnson, C. They are all objects of censure from the dreaded Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the former Office of the Inquisition. I was encouraged by one high ranking church official to publish my books on clergy celibacy and sexual behavior, but warned: "It's a good thing the Church no longer has the power to castrate or burn at the stake or you would be in trouble. Sister Margaret Farley now is one of the major targets of their words and sexual fantasies. Authentic is the operable Vatican word - along with intrinsic, depravity, disordered, inviolable and defective - in its condemnation of Farley's well-reasoned framework for discussion of Christian sexual ethics entitled "Just Love". Her book forthrightly explores the ethics and understanding behind sexual ethics and the varied perceptions held by Christians. She said her book, "was designed to help people, especially Christians but also others, to think through their questions about human sexuality
Q. The Church’s View on Masturbation
Because ethnicity is part of the good of creation, we seek to honor and celebrate the ethnic identity of those with whom we serve as well as those we seek to reach. What does God have to say on the topic of masturbation? Actually, there is one occurrence of a man spilling his seed, but its context has little relevance, relating to inheritance, not sexual immorality, and should not be applied to this issue. Many have wondered why something so heavy on our conscience is never addressed in the Bible.
At a recent plenary, the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a "Pastoral Response to Pornography," in which they outlined the assumed manifold dangers of pornography and The bishops' logic is rooted in conceptions of original sin:. God created us out of love and for love, but we know that all of history is marked by the sin of our first parents and our own sin. Sin damages our relationships with God, our own selves, others, and all of creation.