Identity and Relationships
reflection on unit.
Catholic church teaching on sexual intimacy.
sexual acts have two functions.
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.
What the church believes about contraception.
The two functions are:
Unitive: the couple are brought together in a special way through sexual intercourse.
Procreative: sexual intercourse has the potential of beginning a new life.
The church believes that both these functions are equally special and important and are part of God's gift of sexuality.
Artificial contraception divides these functions and therefore makes sexual intercourse incomplete.
Natural methods result in the responsibility being shared between both parties as they are required to abstain from sexual intercourse when they are fertile.