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Old May 20, '07, 3:57 pm
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Default Post-menopausal sex, is it accepatable?

My understanding of the Catholic Church's view on sex is the ultimate expression of love, but only if you are open to conception. After menopause, is it acceptable to participate in sexual activity if conception is impossible?
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Old May 20, '07, 4:01 pm
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Of Course its accepatable

I think the key is while your no longer fertile you haven't actively done anything to render your self that way. So you are still open to life.
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Old May 20, '07, 4:08 pm
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Default Re: Post-menopausal sex, is it accepatable?

It's fine and most likely a huge relief! that God creator of the furtile and infertile times gives a time for a couple to have sex (without any concern about being open to children anymore because its not in their control anymore) at a time when they are so much closer to being with him in heaven anyway.
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Old May 20, '07, 6:19 pm
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Default Re: Post-menopausal sex, is it accepatable?

So if I end up getting married after I am 50 to a woman who is postmenopausal we can still have sex?
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Old May 20, '07, 6:29 pm
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So if I end up getting married after I am 50 to a woman who is postmenopausal we can still have sex?
If you are still able to.
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Old May 20, '07, 6:33 pm
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If you are still able to.
I know I can. If I find the right gal.
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Old May 20, '07, 6:34 pm
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If you are still able to.
Too funny! I agree with everyone else, go ahead and have fun!
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Old May 21, '07, 6:06 am
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Remember how Abram's wife Sarai was described in Genesis: "It had ceased to be with her after the manner of women." Clearly the patriarch was having sex (and I certainly hope enjoying it) with a post-menopausal wife.
Just a note here on the implications left unvoiced by the standard teaching of the church regarding sex in matrimony. Note that sex is necessary to the sacramentality of marriage since you have not completed the matrimonial ritual until you have had sex. Non-consummation is de facto grounds for granting an annullment. No sex, no sacrament. You do not have to have children for the church to conclude that you are validly and sacramentally married. Sex is part of matrimony but procreation is not.

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Old May 21, '07, 7:02 am
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So if I end up getting married after I am 50 to a woman who is postmenopausal we can still have sex?
Depends...you may have to share the bed with Ben Gay and Arthur-itis.
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Old May 21, '07, 12:07 pm
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Remember how Abram's wife Sarai was described in Genesis: "It had ceased to be with her after the manner of women." Clearly the patriarch was having sex (and I certainly hope enjoying it) with a post-menopausal wife.
Just a note here on the implications left unvoiced by the standard teaching of the church regarding sex in matrimony. Note that sex is necessary to the sacramentality of marriage since you have not completed the matrimonial ritual until you have had sex. Non-consummation is de facto grounds for granting an annullment. No sex, no sacrament. You do not have to have children for the church to conclude that you are validly and sacramentally married. Sex is part of matrimony but procreation is not.

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What if two people, man and woman that is want to get married to adopt? If there never any biological children because no sex takes place they are still married. I fail to see how sex is a requirement for marriage. If one refuses yes there is ground for annulment but if it is by mutual agreement what problem is there?
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Old May 21, '07, 12:14 pm
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My understanding of the Catholic Church's view on sex is the ultimate expression of love, but only if you are open to conception. After menopause, is it acceptable to participate in sexual activity if conception is impossible?
Of course you can. NEVER limit God. Remeber two other post menopausal wowne-Sarah and Elizabeth
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Old May 21, '07, 12:22 pm
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What if two people, man and woman that is want to get married to adopt? If there never any biological children because no sex takes place they are still married. I fail to see how sex is a requirement for marriage. If one refuses yes there is ground for annulment but if it is by mutual agreement what problem is there?
That's an interesting train of thought. I know I've heard of Saints after their kids were grown living as "brother and sister". But, then again whats the purpose of getting married if your not going to consummate it? You don't have to be married to adopt.
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That's an interesting train of thought. I know I've heard of Saints after their kids were grown living as "brother and sister". But, then again whats the purpose of getting married if your not going to consummate it? You don't have to be married to adopt.
It is much more family friendly to have both a mother and a father to adopt a child. In fact I always thought that was the court's requirements.
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Remember how Abram's wife Sarai was described in Genesis: "It had ceased to be with her after the manner of women." Clearly the patriarch was having sex (and I certainly hope enjoying it) with a post-menopausal wife.
Just a note here on the implications left unvoiced by the standard teaching of the church regarding sex in matrimony. Note that sex is necessary to the sacramentality of marriage since you have not completed the matrimonial ritual until you have had sex. Non-consummation is de facto grounds for granting an annullment. No sex, no sacrament. You do not have to have children for the church to conclude that you are validly and sacramentally married. Sex is part of matrimony but procreation is not.

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Not exactly true. Mary and Joseph were considered to be validly married by the church and the church teaches that they never had sex.
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Old May 21, '07, 12:47 pm
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Not exactly true. Mary and Joseph were considered to be validly married by the church and the church teaches that they never had sex.
Yeah I thought of that, but I'd be willing to chalk that one up to being the exception to the rule since about everything else in Marys life was

Besides Mary couldn't have not be married. The scandal would have been to much, the would have stoned her. As it was Joseph talked about divorcing her. Also remember that all of this happened before Marriage was elevated to a sacrament.
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