Diversity of beliefs in
the Roman Catholic Church
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