Is masturbation a sin?

If so, then how severe of a sin is it?

I don’t know if the act of masturbating is sinful, but lust is certainly a sin; and masturbation is almost always accompanied by lustful thoughts. Moreover, there are better ways to spend your time than masturbation. Struggling with temptation should lead us to spending more time in prayer and fasting-- not more time masturbating.


As to seriousness yes it is serious - it is a mortal sin.

(it is grave matter for mortal sin).

See Catechism in mortal and venial sin

See The Catechism section 2352 on your question.

(ones confessor can help judge culpability and going struggles and can help advise one in overcoming such–see the section there in the Catechism and ones Confessor.)

In any case if one should fall - repent and get to confession and know that Jesus loves you and desires to forgive you

It is grave matter but you cannot make the blanket statement that it is “mortal sin.”

There’s a Stickied Thread about it.


It is a huge struggle for many of us, but yes it is a sin that needs to be confessed, particularly for those of us that are not married. I was talking about it the other day with my priest / confessor. I said that I would be grateful when the temptation went away for this type of thing. He said that he knew of someone in their 90s who still struggled with this!

I am not a betting man but I find it really hard to believe that I will have any lustful temptations at 90… I may be wrong, but I seriously doubt it.

The graces you receive for resisting temptation from doing this are huge. The key to this sin, especially if you are young, is perseverance, don’t give up. Don’t give up struggling with this temptation and don’t give up confessing this.

Masturbation left unchecked is a like an addictive drug, and when we do this, it is like telling God to go pound dirt. I know if your young or single it seems unfair given the level of temptation / hormones, but this was built into us for propagation purposes. When I was a kid and did this, I had no idea it was sinful, yet I felt guilty and dirty and wondered why I felt that way. Seriously. Well there is a reason. God was trying to tell me, “this is not good for you, and it is not good for our relationship.”

When the “fit” hits us, our natural inclination is to give in, we don’t want to resist, but if you ask for help from our Mother, or from our guardian angel, they will offer help at once. Our Lady loves purity.

When you fall, and we all fall into one sin or another, otherwise we would not have confession, it is important to limit the damage. Don’t fall into the trap of "well, I have done it now, might as well just have a blast until I go to confession. Mortal sins are like telling someone we love to get lost. The more they hear it, the more it hurts them. That is why it is important to limit sin as much as possible.

I don’t know if you have heard of Father Mike Schmitz, but he is a Priest on a Catholic College campus. He gets booked at colleges everywhere, he is ultra cool. Here is a link to one of his talks on porn and masturbation. ** Take care, and don’t be a stranger!**

It was 50 yrs ago and I’m sure it is now!

Is this a Catholic website or a Grammar school class? :stuck_out_tongue:

It sure is. I prayed to Jesus and to the Blessed Virgin Mary and I was gradually led out. It took time but I was asking for something good and God heard my prayers. Sure, temptations occur, but it’s gotten a lot better than it was. A respect for women returns.


How many times must we go over this? Yes, it is a sin. A mortal one.

AMEN! :thumbsup:

Even the catechism states that culpability can be lessened or even completely diminished due to several circumstances.

This is a Catholic website; why are you so quick to condemn others due to circumstances of which you have no knowledge?

Perhaps as many times until you get the correct answer.

It is grave matter. It can be a sin. Mortal? Only God can judge that.

Not really. It is more of the realization that certain drives within us can be so strong as to cause us to do things which we would rather not. There is a psychological as well as physiological reason behind it. The catechism recognizes this. It is beyond me why no one here will.

I’m not condemning anyone…I just can’t believe people are trying to change a clearly mortal sin into an option.

It isn’t “clearly mortal.” Certainly it is grave matter, certainly it can be sinful but unless you know all the facts of motivation behind it, then you cannot say it is “clearly mortal sin.”

OK …live with this fantasy until you talk to a priest.

I have, by the way. Why don’t you go argue with the catechism of the Catholic Church: "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, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability."

That doesn’t sound like “mortal sin. You’re going to hell,” does it?

No…so if I rob a bank, or kill someone I may have “conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.”"

What a Deal! :thumbsup:


What a Deal! :thumbsup:

Yeah, you’re right. What do those Catholic leaders and theologians like Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict know? They should have simply commissioned you to write the catechism. :rolleyes:

Honestly, some of you present the Catholic faith in a way that is simply embarrassing to me.

It is proper to refer to grave matter as Mortal sin. It is objectively a mortal sin. Whether it is subjectively, meaning in an individual case, full knowledge and complete consent must present also

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