Dear Grace: What is the Catholic Church's teaching on masturbation? Is it viewed as a mortal sin or as a venial sin? Could it prevent us from getting into heaven? To answer this, let us look, first of all, at the Church's teaching. In , the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethics , and it is this document that the Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes regarding this issue.
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First of all, as a general rule please know that our Lord deeply desires to set you free from any addiction you may have. Look at the end of that chapter for the explanation of mortal sin. However, the entire chapter should be helpful in understanding this topic. The real question is this…are you in a state of mortal sin as a result of your drug addiction? This is a hard question to answer here so the best thing to do is to meet with your parish priest and share the particulars of your situation. He will hopefully help you make some good decisions and help you make a plan regarding Holy Communion. However, there is one particular general principle that is important for you to understand regarding your reception of Holy Communion with a drug addiction.
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Get 6 Free Issues! Lately I have begun to experience periodic impotence. My doctor recommends masturbation as he thinks my problem is psychological. Under these circumstances can masturbation be legitimate?
We are made for love. Each of us is created in the image of God, who is love 1 Jn , and we are given the vocation of love and communion. Jesus Christ, through his life, Death, and Resurrection, revealed the fullest meaning of love as a sacrificial gift of self. He offered up his body for his bride, the Church Eph