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What is the current position (December 2023) of the Roman Catholic Church with blessing same-sex PARTNERSHIPS?

Recently a lesbian couple who are both priestesses in the Church of England received the first formal blessing of a same-sex partnership in a C of E service. Upon reading this, I thought to myself, ...
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What is the controversy around gamete inter-fallopian transfer within Catholic moral theology?

I was listening to Pints With Aquinas July 29th episode with Trent Horn, he mentioned that a practice of gamete inter-fallopian transfer is an open question in the Catholic Church. What are the ...
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Translation of Dietrich von Hildebrand's “Die Bedeutung von Mann und Frau füreinander ausserhalb der Ehe”?

Is there an online edition or English translation of: Hildebrand, Dietrich von. “Die Bedeutung von Mann und Frau füreinander ausserhalb der Ehe.” In Zeitliches Im Lichte Des Ewigen, 143–44. ...
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Where did St. Bernard say that incontinence in ecclesiastics is one of the greatest persecutions the Church could suffer?

St. Alphonsus Liguori writes in Dignity and Duties of the Priest or Selva p. 112: St. Bernard said that incontinence in ecclesiastics was one of the greatest persecutions that the Church could suffer....
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What is the official Catholic position on heterosexual civil partnerships?

I am a man, and my partner a woman. Me and my partner are in a civil partnership here in the U.K. According to the Catholic church, is sex a sin for us?
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How is the claim "lust is evil" shown to be true in Christianity without appealing to Divine Command Theory?

In Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus affirms very unambiguously the sinfulness of lust: 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a ...
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According to Christians who believe that God is a utilitarian, why is homosexuality suboptimal? [closed]

I'm addressing this question to Christians who believe that God is a utilitarian, that is, that God has designed His creation and attempts to guide His creatures with the aim of maximizing some divine ...
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According to Catholic teaching, what is the status of a priest who does not agree with the Church's stated teachings on homosexuality and gender?

According to Catholic teaching, is a priest who does not agree that homosexuality is a sin and affirms transgender identity a heretic or a dissenter? For instance, would the bishops of the Roman ...
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Conjoined twins and marriage and sex

Abigail Loraine Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are American conjoined twins. They key thing here is that they (are female and) have '1 set of reproductive organs' unlike females ...
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Could this be a reason why a school head-teacher refused to give permission for Genesis 1:27 to be quoted during a school assembly?

The visitor, who was to address many British school children on some of the things taught in the opening chapters of Genesis (and who I personally know, hearing this from him first-hand), had his talk ...
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How is Tamar Viewed in Judeo-Christian tradition?

Personally I consider Tamar, the wife of Judah, to be one of the great women of Bible -- the Mother of most Jews and the foremother of Jesus. However, her story is a troubling one. She is most famous ...
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Which saint said a spiritual director should give his female directee books to read rather than meeting with her too frequently?

Which saint said a spiritual director should give his female directee books to read rather than meeting with her too frequently?
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Which denominations teach there is an objective, theological standard of decent/modest dress?

What is appropriate for a person to wear? Do those standards change for men or women? How do we know? Why does this, which seems like an important topic, not have much of an explicit commandment in ...
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Why should contraceptives not be cheap and widely available?

Why should contraceptives not be cheap and widely available? When it comes to personhood one can broadly categorize two positions: A person becomes a person at or very shortly after conception A ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

My friend is a Progressive Christian who says that the bible doesn't condemn or even mention sex outside of marriage in the bible. Is this true? If not, what is the Biblical basis for condemning sex ...
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What was the Early Church's view of sexual immorality and sex outside of marriage?

What was the early church's perspective of sexual immorality and sex outside of marriage? I know the biblical perspective, but I am incredibly interested in how the early church fathers viewed this ...
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God made them male and female - is this truth now redundant? [closed]

Does the church have another opportunity to simply follow the world into a whole new level of absurdity, or is there any reason to draw a line in the sand on this matter of self-identification? One ...
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What medieval theologians debated whether angels are male or female?

Hildebrand, Man, Woman, and the Meaning of Love, § "Friendship Between Man & Woman", §§ "There are many spiritual differences between the sexes" claims: In the Middle Ages the ...
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What evidence and authority make The Song of Solomon a work of spiritual inspiration and not an erotic poem?

Is it not true that the place of this book in the Jewish bible was not established until sometime in the early Christian era? If that is so, is it not presumptuous to deem it as being among the so-...
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Where does St. Bernard say "A long period of chastity is a second virginity.”?

Fr. Ludovic-Marie Barrielle, Do I Have a Vocation?, ch. 5, claims: “A long period of chastity” says Saint Bernard, “is a second virginity.” Where does St. Bernard say this?
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What is queer theology's view on premarital sex?

Premarital sex is a sin according to the Bible (1 Corinthians 7:9; Hebrews 13:4). I wonder how queer theology churches such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) understand this topic. ...
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Which churches/denominations teach about spiritual spouses and marine spirits?

I have recently learned about certain Christians who teach about demonic "spiritual spouses" (usually a succubus/incubus) and "marine spirits” (also demonic, and spiritual spouses may ...
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According to Catholicism, would it be wrong for a husband to intentionally eat in such a way as to decrease fertility?

Contraception is not OK according to the Catholic Church, with the exception of fertility awareness methods (FAMs), which involve abstinence when a woman is in the part of her cycle where she is ...
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Which medieval theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful?

Many years ago I read that a certain theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful than with an uglier one. Which medieval theologian was this, and how did he argue his ...
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Where does St. Bernard say persons of opposite sex contemplating each other without sinful desires arising in them is greater than a resurrection?

St. Francis Xavier Lasance, The Catholic Girl's Guide p. 263: Remember also that maidens who boldly fix their gaze upon persons of the opposite sex, doing this, not from mere curiosity, but with some ...
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What is the position of the UK Methodists on pre-marital sex?

The Guardian reports: [The UK Methodist Conference] also voted to recognise, accept, and celebrate the love and commitment of unmarried cohabiting couples. This statement is a little unclear to me, ...
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Was Jesus completely masculine? [closed]

Does Jesus have a penis? Does any commentator tell about Jesus' penis? Is Jesus a man? What is the proof that he is a man? Is he gay or asexual? Did Jesus experience any sexual feelings? Did Jesus ...
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Does the Bible admonish against "heterosexual" anal sex?

The Bible admonishes against "sodomy" and "lying with a man as with a women?" Is that a warning "only" against homosexuality? Or is it an admonition against anal sex, ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief in incubus and succubus (sex demons)?

Many people believe in the existence of demonic entities who sexually assault people at night. They are popularly known by the names of incubus and succubus. I don't want to share explicit material on ...
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What is the "remedy of concupiscence"?

The "quieting of concupiscence" (remedium concupiscentiae) is one of the secondary ends of the sacrament of matrimony (cf. Casti Connubii §59), but what exactly is it? How does it "...
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Catholic Church - What happens when a married couple will never have sex?

Let's say that they just do not want to have sex for some reason after the wedding. Does it mean that their marriage can be annulled by the Catholic Church even if they were married for 10 years?
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Are Christians not permitted to have sex with wife when she's on her period? [closed]

Acts 15:29 and 21:25 carry over four requirements from the old testament to apply to gentile Christians - one of which is abstaining from sexual immorality. In Leviticus 20:18, it makes a big deal ...
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Would God allow all of humanity to be celibate?

God created the world with a process that involves sexuality to bring more people to existence to serve him. It doesn’t seem sustainable; if everyone achieved the degree of spirituality that the ...
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by the gender they identify as?

Is it a sin against charity to confirm a transsexual lifestyle by using pronouns (such as she to address a transwoman) that the church says is an offense against the Natural Law?
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by their biological sex?

As a Catholic, is it considered an offense against charity to refer to a person in a way they wouldn't want to be referred to (such as calling a trans woman "he")?
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Is Pope Francis holding and professing different views (even personally) from any of the traditional Catholic Church doctrine?

Is Pope Francis holding and professing different views (even on a personal level) from any of the traditional Catholic Church doctrines? Two of the examples that are seen in the media are: Pope ...
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Are spiritual pleasures > carnal pleasures, according to Catholicism?

Does Catholicism consider spiritual pleasures greater than carnal/sexual/bodily pleasures?
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Did Lot's daughters rape Lot?

I read this horrifying article that sounds like victim blaming. I think this is like how rape victims are told they got raped because of they way they dressed, of where or when they went or, like Lot, ...
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According to Pentecostalism, what is the impact of the sin nature, hormones, and the Holy Spirit on libido?

What has more of an affect on libido, the flesh/sin nature or hormones and how does that change, after becoming a Christian filled with The Holy Spirit? And does receiving the Holy Spirit as a teen ...
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According to Catholicism, is sexual activity with a robot adultery?

The secular press has provided wide coverage to the legal aspects of sexual relationships with a robot, in the context of infidelity and divorce laws. For instance, in this recent article, a scientist ...
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Early Christians who Defended Licitness of Non-Procreative Sex?

Were there any early Christians who defended non-procreative sex as licit?
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Why is Song of Songs not considered pornography? [closed]

"May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you. Draw me after you ...
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Does the word "touch" in Genesis 3:3 orginate from Eve or Satan?

The Serpent's Deception The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruitof the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of ...
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Can "feelings and passions" make an act involuntary?

In high school, my religion teacher said, Mortal sin is a very serious matter. It is a conscious decision in which the person intentionally turns away from God. Therefore it is impossible to, say, ...
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To Catholics: Natural Law and Marital Intimacy [closed]

I have a bit of a different perspective since I am not a Catholic yet but am starting to learn about Catholicism. I am currently non-denominational, but I’m waiting for RCIA to start and I have weekly ...
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Did St. Augustine think sexual pleasure = concupiscence?

Did St. Augustine think sexual pleasure and concupiscence are identical? If not, why do some people seem to think this? Concupiscence is simply a disorder in which the body rebels against the rational ...
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Is being asexual considered the same as having the virtue of Chastity?

Some people seem to have not any sexual desire (asexuality). In 1 Corinthians 7:7 it is stated that, "God has given different gifts to each of us". The question is, can being asexual be seen as such a ...
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Why did so many early church fathers say that sex was a consequence of the Fall?

According to an Orthodox that replies to someone else in an exchange regarding marital sex, he states "remember the words of Psalm 50" (Psalm 51 in Masoretic-based Bibles): I was conceived in ...
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Is the emotion of sexual passion a result of the fallen state? (Catholic perspective)

I found very good information on this site where the author logically and according to the Catholic teaching explains certain parts of sexual behavior. I agree and practice what is written, just in ...
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What is the specific biblical factor that makes homosexuality a sin and not heterosexuality? [closed]

There are many commonalities and many differences between homosexual and heterosexual unions. For those who support the Bible basis for homosexuality as a sin, what specifically are the necessary ...
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