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Part Three

2395

Chastity means the integration of sexuality within the

person. It includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery.

2396

Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are mas­

turbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual

practices.

2397

The covenant which spouses have freely entered into

entails faithful love. It imposes on them the obligation

to keep their marriage indissoluble.

2398

Fecundity is a good, a gift and an end of marriage. By

giving life, spouses participate in God’s fatherhood.

2399

The regulation of births represents one of the aspects

of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legiti­

mate intentions on the part of the spouses do not jus­

tify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for

example, direct sterilization or contraception).

2400

Adultery, divorce, polygamy, and free union are

grave offenses against the dignity of marriage.