Masturbation is a serious obstacle to integrating sexuality into the personality and to maintaining psychological health. Masturbation is the act or practice of the self-stimulation of one's sexual organs. It is usually done with the goal of achieving sexual climax, sexual gratification, or the release of sexual tension. Although masturbation exists among both males and females, it is generally considered more common among men than women Leitenberg et al.
Straight Talk About The Catholic Teaching on Masturbation
Catholic Teaching on Masturbation: Straight Answers
Question: I am having a disagreement with a friend. She says masturbation is a mortal sin. I say it is not. Who is right? Answer: When we speak of a sin being mortal or venial, we speak in an objective sense that is not always able to take into account a number of subjective or personal factors. Thus missing Mass is objectively a mortal sin; however, an individual may miss Mass by accidently oversleeping, illness or forgetfulness.
Is Masturbation Always Wrong?
Dear Grace: What is the Catholic Church's teaching on masturbation? Is it viewed as a mortal sin or as a venial sin? Could it prevent us from getting into heaven?
Among the world's religions, views on masturbation vary widely. Some religions view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental and others take a situational view. Among these latter religions, some view masturbation as allowable if used as a means towards sexual self-control , or as part of healthy self-exploration, but disallow it if it is done with wrong motives or as an addiction. Masturbation was now valued as an adult, non-pathological, pleasurable activity. Due to this cultural change across the spectrum, even theological reassessments of masturbation as a positive sexual practice were possible — though, admittedly, rare.