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"Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes." (Ref. Vatican Website/"Catechism of the Catholic Church")

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"By 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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