Was the Church against sexual pleasure in marriage?

I have read and heard an arguement that the Church in the middle ages considered it a sin to enjoy sexual pleasure, even in marriage and when open to procreation. I know this is a lie, but I don’t really have any hard evidence to back me up. I’m sure puritans taught this, not the Catholic Church.
Can anyone point me to St. Augustine or some middle ages references to the legitimacy of pleasure within marriage?

It seems to be a bit of a contradiction in terms.

How can one have sex, and not enjoy it? Isn’t it a bit like hitting your thumb with a hammer and not feeling pain?

Please cite the item(s) you read that makes this claim about the Church so we can look at it as well and help to parse it.

The notion does actually sounds more like 17th Century Puritanism–a Protestant tradition.

If someone is making these claims, ask them to cite the writings that specify this. If they cannot, I would let them know that you would be happy to field the question once they show their source of the information.

There are certainly ways of enjoying sex less. Sex is a lower-ordered, primitive sensation that pales in comparison to higher-ordered, spiritual delights! Go for the gold!

The Church understands that sex and pleasure are not exclusive, and frowns on using one’s partner for sexual gratification without respecting one’s partner’s dignity and the openness to new life.

It is a misunderstanding that sex that which is pleasurable is sinful.

What Augustine says below (which is commonly misinterpreted) is that if one uses his or her spouse as a sexual object – without consideration for him or her as a person – is a sin, but a lesser sin since the couple is married and are expected to act on their passions for procreation.

Ultimately, marriage is not a “free pass” to objectify one’s spouse.

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I, Vol. V (Link)
St. Aurelius Augustin (Link)
On Marriage and Concupiscence Book I: Chapter 16 [XIV.]-A Certain Degree of Intemperance is to Be Tolerated in the Case of Married Persons; The Use of Matrimony for the Mere Pleasure of Lust is Not Without Sin, But Because of the Nuptial Relation the Sin is Venial. (Link)

But in the married, as these things are desirable and praiseworthy, so the others are to be tolerated, that no lapse occur into damnable sins; that is, into fornications and adulteries. To escape this evil, even such embraces of husband and wife as have not procreation for their object, but serve an overbearing concupiscence, are permitted, so far as to be within range of forgiveness, though not prescribed by way of commandment: and the married pair are enjoined not to defraud one the other, lest Satan should tempt them by reason of their incontinence. For thus says the Scripture: “Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other; except it be with consent for a time, that ye may have leisure for prayer; and then come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.”

Now in a case where permission must be given, it cannot by any means be contended that there is not some amount of sin. Since, however, the cohabitation for the purpose of procreating children, which must be admitted to be the proper end of marriage, is not sinful, what is it which the apostle allows to be permissible, but that married persons, when they have not the gift of continence, may require one from the other the due of the flesh - and that not from a wish for procreation, but for the pleasure of concupiscence?

This gratification incurs not the imputation of guilt on account of marriage, but receives permission on account of marriage. This, therefore, must be reckoned among the praises of matrimony; that, on its own account, it makes pardonable that which does not essentially appertain to itself. For the nuptial embrace, which subserves the demands of concupiscence, is so effected as not to impede the child-bearing, which is the end and aim of marriage.

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