Relationships and Identity

The Catholic Church's Teachings

Informed Conscience

An informed conscience is a conscience that is well informed. It is when you are able to receive advice and be able to weigh up a decision and make the right one.


The catholic church teaches that you are made for a reason and that sexuality is a great gift. It teaches that everyone is important and that God doesn't make mistakes. It teaches that sexual intimacy is to be unitive and procreating. We should commit ourselves to one person and to live with the spirit of God always in us.

Sexual Intimacy

The catholic church teachings include-

  • Sexual intimacy finds it’s fullness in the commitment of a marriage relationship.
  • Sexual intimacy includes the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the human person.
  • Sexual acts have two functions-they are both UNITIVE and PROCREATING.
  • Homosexual acts can not be procreative.
  • Sexual acts must respect the dignity of each person.


The church teaches that the only contraceptives acceptable are abstinence (100% no sex) and for woman to monitor when they are most likely to conceive to judge whether they should have sex or not.

What is a healthy relationship and what is important?

A healthy relationship is when both or all people apart of the relationship have value for one another and feel comfortable towards each other. A mutual feeling of respect and being open enough to share your feelings and maturely talk about your feelings if a conflict arises.

In a healthy relationship it is important to have qualities such as trust, faith, loyalty, humor and perseverance. It is normal and healthy for arguements in any type of relationship, whether a parent to a child or a husband and wife but it is how you confront these problems and work through them that determines your healthy relationship. How you put them behind you and move on to learn from your mistakes helps to build a stronger and happier relationship. Also, in a healthy relationship it is important to make time together and to respect the time the other person has to spend with other people.