Life in Christ
In a so-called
a man and a woman refuse to give
juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy.
The expression “free union” is fallacious: what can “union” mean
when the partners make no commitment to one another, each exhibiting
a lack of trust in the other, in himself, or in the future?
The expression covers a number of different situations:
concubinage, rejection of marriage as such, or inability to make
All these situations offend against the
dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they
weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law.
The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Out
side of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes
one from sacramental communion.
Some today claim a “
right to a trial marriage
” where there
is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose
of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be, “the
fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and
fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman, nor, espe
cially, can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim.”
Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive commu
nity of life between a man and woman has been established.
Human love does not tolerate “trial marriages.” It demands a to
tal and definitive gift of persons to one another.
“Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every
human being” (
By creating the human being man and woman, God
gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other.
Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge
and accept his sexual identity.
Christ is the model of chastity. Every baptized person
is called to lead a chaste life, each according to his
particular state of life.