Why do persons over the age of 65 have to be married to have sex?

The women can no longer have children, so why can’t they have sex

Dear friend,

Sex has a context. Unlike our culture’s prevailing attitude that sex exists primarily as entertainment, the Church teaches that it has a far more profound mission. Sexuality exists as a sign of the love that Christ has for His people. It is a means of conveying love. There is no more intimate physical expression of the total giving of one person to another than through such intercourse. A total giving can’t be for a night or a week or a month; it’s total. Such a total commitment is what marriage is. Age has nothing to do with it. Such expression is only honest and appropriate in marriage.

I encourage you to read “Good News About Sex and Marriage” by Christopher West, available through shop.catholic.com or by phone: 888 291 8000.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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