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Life in Christ


purpose.” For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of “the sexu­

al relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in

which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procre­

ation 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, condi­

tions of anxiety, or other psychological or social factors that can

lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.



is carnal union between an unmarried man

and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of

persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the

good of spouses and the generation and education of children.

Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the




consists in removing real or simulated sexual

acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them

deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it

perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each

other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors,

vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base

pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are in-

volved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil

authorities should prevent the production and distribution of por­

nographic materials.



does injury to the dignity of the person who

engages in it, reducing the person to an instrument of sexual

pleasure. The one who pays sins gravely against himself: he vio­

lates the chastity to which his Baptism pledged him and defiles his

body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.


Prostitution is a social

scourge. It usually involves women, but also men, children, and

adolescents (The latter two cases involve the added sin of scan­

dal.). While it is always gravely sinful to engage in prostitution, the

imputability of the offense can be attenuated by destitution, black­

mail, or social pressure.

139 CDF,

Persona humana


140 Cf.

1 Cor