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. Whatever the motive, solitary sex in itself contradicts the meaning of human sexuality, which is meant by God to be shared between a man and a woman in marriage.
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Question: I am having a disagreement with a friend. She says masturbation is a mortal sin. I say it is not. Who is right? Answer: When we speak of a sin being mortal or venial, we speak in an objective sense that is not always able to take into account a number of subjective or personal factors.
Among the world's religions, views on masturbation vary widely. Some religions view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental and others take a situational view. Among these latter religions, some view masturbation as allowable if used as a means towards sexual self-control , or as part of healthy self-exploration, but disallow it if it is done with wrong motives or as an addiction. Masturbation was now valued as an adult, non-pathological, pleasurable activity.
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