Monday, January 21, 2008
Fornication - Is It All Bad?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2353 states: "Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young."
While I have no problem with the last sentence regarding "grave scandal" where the young (high schoolers) are involved, what about with adults who have taken the time to inform their conscience? The only "official" teaching I see against fornication is that sex is only for the good of spouses and the generation of children. But, if one agrees with the logic in the previous blog entry that sex need not always have the generation of children in mind, perhaps there is wiggle room for responsible sex between adults in certain situations. I think fornication may be good within the context of a loving relationship where both individuals believe that their action is healthy and will not cause harm, but joy & love for the other individual. I believe I have seen this situation with in certain adult relationships, though I have never seen this situation am0ng high school students.
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