Disagreement over these issues is likely to come to a head over the next few days, with the bishops gathering in Rome for an extraordinary synod on the family, called by the pope. Unusually, the Vatican sent out a questionnaire ahead of the synod seeking the views of Catholics around the world on family, marriage and sexuality. Sometimes the teachings are rejected or ignored — such as the prohibition of artificial birth control and pre-marital sex — but sometimes people want a more compassionate and constructive approach to those who respect the teachings but have failed to live up to them, for example in the case of divorced and remarried Catholics. The central message of the Christian faith is, after all, not that of moral perfection but of forgiveness, mercy and redemption. For those who take for granted the values of progressive liberalism, the Catholic church seems like a creakingly anachronistic institution.
The Roman Catholic Church's Position on Homosexuality
Family Planning and Religion: The Roman Catholic Church's Views on Sex
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Catholic Sex Questions
One of the most common and frequent questions Busted Halo gets from people is, What exactly does the Catholic Church teach about oral sex? It is an understandable question that is not easily answered with a simple yes or no response. First and foremost, the Church reserves all sex for marriage. This is not simply a way to restrict our natural sexual impulses, but rather to use them for what they were properly intended, namely for procreation of children and to build unity between husband and wife. Perhaps too much has been said and too often in this direction—without the necessary connection to truth and love.
Since God created men and women in His image, we are made for love! Here we will consider what it means to be made in God's image, why male and female are foundational to God's design, the gift of love, the nature of marriage, and why chastity is essential to love rightly. To learn more about God's plan for love and sexuality, please explore the sections below on this page. Called to Love, to Communion. Marriage: A Unique Communion of Persons.