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Overview:

The early Church Fathers and Roman Catholic theologians prior to the sixth century CE were silent on the morality of masturbation.

By the 13th century, however, it had become a high priority topic, based largely upon a misunderstanding of the dynamics of human conception.

More recently, the Church has condemned masturbation -- and a shopping list of other sexual activities -- because they don't meet two criteria:

  • Acceptable sexual acts can be performed only by one woman married to one man.

  • Every sexual act must be open to the possibility of conception.

However, some liberal Catholic moral theoligians deviate from the Church's teachings, as do many of the Catholic laity.

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Latest update: 2011-DEC-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

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