Leticia Ochoa Adams Catholics need to make space to have open and honest conversations about sex. Pope John Paul II did a great job in breaking ground for these conversations, but the lack of trust and belief in the good will of the people in them seems to have made it difficult to keep going. The language of the Church on the issue of sex is fine for theology, but for practical, in-real-life situations, it falls short. The space for these conversations without women freaking out or men being gross is hard to come by, in my experience. I once had a conversation with a woman who broke out in sobs when I mentioned oral sex.
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Satisfaction in the Marital Conjugal Relationship |
Dear Ron, Jake and I are civilly married and have been together 3 years. He is Catholic and I am not. We are going thru the marriage preparation and are looking forward to our ceremony in September. We have a very loving and intimate sex life and we're trying to educate ourselves on the teachings of the Catholic Church.
My recent Zenit pieces on marital consummation precipitated a delicate question related to the satisfaction of spouses—particularly wives—in marital conjugal relations. I offer here some general thoughts on the question. The question is this: Does a husband have a duty to assist his wife to achieve sexual climax in their conjugal relations? I will give my answer first, and then set forth my reasoning. I think that ordinarily he does and that doing so is a matter of justice towards his wife.
What does the Catholic Church teach about oral sex? If oral sex is a sin, how serious is it? However, I did not hesitate to say that oral sex is a serious sin—since it is an undeniable form of genital sexual expression, and this expression separates the sexual act from the intended purpose of sexual union. Needless to say, my students were not happy with the answer they received… but the question was certainly relevant to the common practices of our day and age. Primetime sitcoms and daytime talk shows openly discuss oral sex and dramatize these actions as normal.