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Sexuality Essay

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importance to this study of sexuality education for Catholic adolescents is the teaching of the Catholic Church, which contextualizes the findings and establishes their importance for Catholic education. A summary of that teaching and its development is essential to the interpretation and implementation of the findings of this study and its recommendations. Church teaching about sexuality divides into two broad time frames, pre- and post-Vatican II. The pre-Vatican II approach to sexuality, under the negative and ubiquitous influence of Augustine of Hippo, was ambiguous. On the one hand, sexuality was judged good because it was created by God. On the other hand, sexuality was judged to be ...view middle of the document...

Second, within marriage, "each and every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of life" (Catechism, 1994, #2366; Paul VI, 1968, #11). "Periodic continence ... and the use of infertile periods is in conformity" (Catechism, 1994, #2370) with this principle and moral. In contrast, "every action which...proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" (Catechism, 1994, #2370; Paul VI, 1968, #14) is contrary to this principle and immoral (John Paul II, 1982). Artificial contraception, therefore, is an offense against this principle, as are adultery, divorce, and cohabitation or "free unions" (Catechism, 1994, #2390). It should be noted that the magisterial statements chosen to summarize pre-Vatican II Catholic teaching on sexuality are dated after Vatican II. That is because the theological changes introduced by the Council, in sexual and particularly marital matters, as in many others, have not been officially integrated into Catholic doctrine.


This study was conducted by the Center for Marriage and Family at Creighton University on behalf of a Catholic diocese to assess students' basic knowledge about sexuality, their understanding of...

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