Masturbation - sin or not?

What is the Church’s teaching on masturbation?

Not only is it a sin, it’s mortal sin!

_ If a person is alone and wishes not to be a fornicator, why is masturbation a sin? Thank you.

Is replacing a great sin (fornication) with an even greater sin (masturbation) better?

sex is reserved only between a married couple.

God Bless; Kathy

I never would have thought that masturbation was a greater sin than fornication! Interesting. Thank you.

Yes, it is a sin, a violation of the Sixth Commandment. You can review the entire text by clicking the link.

One who is not married is called to chastity:

*2337 Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man’s belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman.

The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift.

2338 The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech.

2339 Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy.

2341 The virtue of chastity comes under the cardinal virtue of temperance, which seeks to permeate the passions and appetites of the senses with reason. *

Offenses against Chastity include:

2351 Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes.

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.” “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.”

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. *

Thank you for your reply. It is the most complete and informative of any that I have received.

Is this a liturgical issue?

I have no idea whether this would be considered a liturgical issue or not. I would imagine you would be much better qualified to answer that than I.! Haha.

It is related to the sacrament of Penance.

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