Relationships and Identity
By Bridie Bremner
Catholic Church teachings on sexual intimacy
Sexuality is a great gift.
Sexual intimacy finds its 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 procreative.
Unitive: means the couple are brought together in a special way through intercourse.
Procreative: means that sexual intercourse has the potential to start a new life or baby.
Homosexual acts can not be procreative.
Sexual acts must respect the dignity of each person.
The church teaches these because:
We are created with dignity and worth that gives us rights, responsibilities and uniqueness.
Every human act, sexual or otherwise should enhance and reflect the image, dignity and respect of individuals.
Of the need to maintain standards, to protect and promote these values.
Post Unit Reflection on what is important in a healthy relationship.
To have a healthy relationship with another person, you need to have a healthy relationship with yourself. You start by accepting yourself and feeling happy with the way you are. Honesty is a big part of a positive and healthy relationship, because without honesty comes mistrust, distance and sometimes connections are lost. Having things in common helps for a healthy relationship, like same taste in music or favourite movies, just so theres something easy to agree on and begin conversations etc.