THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT
You shall not commit adultery.
You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit
adultery.” But I say to you that every one who looks at a
woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her
in his heart.
. . .”
“God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal
loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . . ,
God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the
thus the capacity and responsibility,
“God created man in his own image . . . male and female
he created them”;
He blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and
“When God created man, he made him in the likeness
of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and
named them Man when they were created.”
affects all aspects of the human person in the
unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the
capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the
aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others.
Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and ac
cept his sexual
Physical, moral, and spiritual
are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the
flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society
depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs,
and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.