The Norman Transcript


March 14, 2014

Is premarital sex still considered a sin?



Now that I have children searching for the right partner, I know this to be true. When I was young, I didn’t want to admit it. I hate it when my mother’s right.

The Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick’s Church: Yes, sexual activity of any kind outside of marriage is considered sinful because sexuality is meant to be “a complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman” — (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

From the earliest pages of scripture, we see the differentiation of mankind into male and female, how the two complement one another and how their union — the conjugal act — participates in creating new life: “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28); “it is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18); “the two shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

In the conjugal act of man and woman is the experience of companionship, a permanence of union, and the openness to new life.

Catholic teaching maintains these reflections as statements on the constitutive nature of the human person. Jesus affirms the creation and union of male and female into one flesh, and ascribes attempts to undo this union as a result of hardened hearts (Mark 10:5-9).

Scripture and tradition propose a view of mankind that asserts a specific purpose of sexuality and of men and women’s unique physical and sexual differences.

The church believes that when we reflect on these proposals, we will find a truth that speaks to the longings in the depths of our being: companionship, a permanence of union and the invitation to participate in the creation of new life.

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