Paragraph 2352

2352. 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.”137“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.”138

To form an equitable judgment about the subjects’ moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety, or other psychological or social factors that lessen or even extenuate moral culpability.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

85. Why did the Son of God become man?

240. What is the purpose of holy images?

425. What is the relationship between grace and human freedom?

185. When is the infallibility of the Magisterium exercised?

324. What place does the sacrament of Holy Orders have in the divine plan of salvation?

167. Is the particular Church catholic?

448. Why is a false oath forbidden?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the role of divine providence in the lives of the faithful? Can we find examples of this in the book of Tobias?

What can we learn about the fickleness of the rich and the value of humility from Ecclesiastes 9:13-16?

What does Nahum 1:9 say about God’s mercy to those who repent?

What is the Final Judgment according to Joel 3:14-16?

What can we learn from Judith’s victory in Judith 16:1-3?

What is Abraham’s example of faith, and what can we learn from him? (Hebrews 11:8-12)

What is the cyclicality of Israel’s history and how is it portrayed in Judges 3-16?