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Please allow me to present a different approach to the very good selected answer by @PeterTurner, and the other good addition by @MattGutting. In order to make a good confession, one of the steps for a Catholic is to make an Examination of Conscience.1 The section of that examination that may guide one as to what is/is not chaste behavior is e.g. this ...


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There are indeed things that the Catechism has to tell us about chastity; in fact, there is a whole section on it (Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 6, Heading II) titled "The Vocation to Chastity". Chastity, we are told, is the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual ...


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I kind of think the answer to this question is purely pastoral. It's not in any Encyclical or the Catechism, but the answer comes to a person who forms their conscience well and the Church has a lot of guidance on how to form your conscience. Seek first the Kingdom and the Will of God. Marriage (and the acts that follow) is what God calls man to most ...



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