May 23, 2024

Chapter four: Love in marriage. The erotic dimension of love.

All this brings us to the sexual dimension of marriage. God himself created sexuality, which is a marvelous gift to his creatures. If this gift needs to be cultivated and directed, it is to prevent the “impoverishment of an authentic value.” Saint John Paul II rejected the claim that the Church’s teaching is “a negation of the value of human sexuality,” or that the Church simply tolerates sexuality “because it is necessary for procreation.”

Sexual desire is not something to be looked down upon, “and there can be no attempt whatsoever to call into question its necessity.”

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