I have a serious question to ask if anybody would care to answer please.
I have read on many occasions that passionate kissing (also called “French kissing”) is a mortal sin outside marriage. However, I have also read articles speaking against this observation. In total I have read literally every Catholic article and post on the entire internet on the subject.
Those who say it is a mortal sin say so because they claim it “entices lust”, which they claim is a mortal sin.
Those on the other hand who disagree say that if the act is done as a sign of love and affection, and there is no lust involved, then it cannot logically be sinful as the sexual faculty is not being used (I agree with this stance).
Now, my thoughts are as follows:
Passionate kissing done for the sake of affection and love, when lust is omitted and the sexual faculty is not being used, cannot logically be sinful. To say that one type of kissing is sinful and another is not, is like saying that one type of stealing is a sin and another is not, or like saying that one type of cursing is a sin but another is not, etc etc. also I think it is rediculous to say that passionate kissing is a sin because it is “forplay” because then you might as well say that hugging or holding hands or kissing normally is forplay. If you are looking at that girl as a vessel of honour and treating her respectfully and not like an object of sexual use, and you just want to show her that she is loved and appreciated, then passionage kissing just can’t be a mortal sin that would send you to eternal damnation in Hell. Of course, I’m no moral theologian and I’m not the Pope himself either…but I think all that makes sense. We’re Catholics not puritans.
I’d like to hear other people’s thoughts. Hopefully we can have a pleasant and satisfying discussion:) May God bless and protect you all!