pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its
procreative and unitive purposes." (Ref. Vatican Website/"Catechism of the
Note that the
following appears on the Vatican website under "Offenses against chastity"...
masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital
organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. 'Both the Magisterium of the Church,
in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have
been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an
intrinsically and gravely disordered action.' (CDF, Persona humana 9) 'The
deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage
is essentially contrary to its purpose.' For here sexual pleasure is sought
outside of 'the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in
which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the
context of true love is achieved.' (CDF, Persona humana 9)" (Ref. Vatican
Website/"Catechism of the Catholic Church")
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