Catholicism's Centuries of Sexual Confusion

Changing the Truth of God into a Lie

"The authority of these fathers is great, and when they show a morally unanimous consent on a point of doctrine, it is considered decisive." (Catholic Home Encyclopaedia)

"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled" (HEBREWS 13:4).

Rome on Marital Relations:

"Jesus would not have chosen birth from a virgin, had he been forced to look upon her as so unrestrained as to let that womb, from which the body of the Lord was fashioned, that hall of the eternal king, be stained by the presence of male seed." Pontiff Siricius to Bishop Anysius, 392 A.D.

" is wrong to give oneself up to excitement by irrational passions and to long to become impure. Like the farmer, the married man is permitted to sow his seed only when the season allows." Clement of Alexandria

"Even the animals show us... that they are inspired by the instinct to maintain the species and not by a greedy desire for sexual union." Ambrose

"...through sexual desire not only is the person corrupted, but nature as well... sexual desire, with its instability, paralyses reason." Aquinas

"In sexual intercourse the human being becomes similar to the beast." Aquinas

"Anyone who is too passionate a lover of his wife is an adulterer." Jerome

"[If a man looks lustfully] at the woman who is his wife, he could likewise commit adultery in his heart."
John Paul II, 1980

"Even in married sex one can incur mortal sin [damnation] by an excess of sexual pleasure." Augustine

"...for even that union which is legitimate is still dangerous, except in so far as it is engaged in the procreation of children." Clement of Alexandria**

"For if [procreation] is taken away, husbands are shameful lovers, wives are harlots, marriage beds are bordellos, and fathers-in-law are pimps." Augustine

"I can do my duty to my wife... and... withdraw without fulfilling my pleasure, free from sin and without letting the seed of generation flow forth." Cardinal Huguccio (speaking theoretically here), 13th century

"Sexual pleasure can never be without sin." Gregory I, 8th century

" view of the purity of the body of Christ, all sexual intercourse is unclean." Jerome**

"evil" ... "punishment" ... "filthy" ... "defiling" ... "ugly" ... "shameful" ... "sick" ... "a degradation of the mind" ... "a humiliation of reason by the flesh" ... "common" ... "debasing" ... "shared with the beasts" ... "brutal" ... "corrupted" ... "depraved". Albert the Great, 13th century Church doctor

"A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife... having children in subjection..."(1 TIMOTHY 3:2,4).

Rome on Serving God:

"...the bishops, priests, and deacons as well as all clerics who attend to the service of the altar are commanded to abstain from conjugal relations with their wives and not to beget any more children." Synod of Elvira, 4th century

"Since priests are supposed to be God's temples, vessels of the Lord and sanctuaries of the Holy Spirit... it offends their dignity to lie in the conjugal bed and live in impurity." Innocent II, 1130 A.D.

"Even the old Romans had recognised the fittingness of such behaviour. One of their laws... 'One should come chaste to the gods.'" Pius XI

" is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled..." (SONG OF SOLOMON 5:2).

Rome on Women:

"...holy women are to be found among the wives, but only when they have stopped being mates, when they imitate virginal chastity..." Jerome

"For the eye of woman touches and disturbs our soul, and not only the eye of the unbridled woman, but that of the decent one as well." Chrysostom

"...from the Holy Father downwards... as for women or their shape or what concerned them, no word was ever spoken. It was if there were no women in the world." John XXIII in his diary, 1948 A.D.

" is bad to touch one." Jerome**

"...the very consciousness of their own nature must evoke feelings of shame." Clement of Alexandria

Rome on women residing in homes of the clergy:

" women except for their own mother or nearest relative." Synod of Rome, 743 A.D.

"...'suspicious' women in houses of clergy were to be driven out with a whip." Augsburg Synod, 952 A.D.

"...not to live together even with their mothers and sisters." Gregory I

"Clerics may have no females whatsoever in their house." Synod of Mainz, 846 A.D.

"...forbade any women to enter where a priest was staying." Synod of Paris, 846 A.D.

"...allowed no women to live in the vicinity of the church." Synod of Coyaca, 1050 A.D.

"...rejoice with the wife of thy youth... Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love" (PROVERBS 5:18-19).

Rome on the Timing of Marital Relations:

"The subject here is the ban on intercourse at the so-called holy times: on all Sundays, all feast days (of which there were many), in the forty-day fast before Easter, at least twenty days before Christmas, often twenty of more days before Pentecost as well, three or more days before receiving Communion."
Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven, p.138

"[Bishop Ratherius] added all Fridays. A collection of canons... speaks, in addition, of all Wednesdays and three forty-day periods of fasting in the year." Ibid., p.140

"Albert also says that it is indecent to have sex on... [days of] processions." Ibid., p.141

"Clement excludes... 'in the morning', 'in the daytime', or 'after dinner'." Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, p.29

"...keep her impudence down with fasts and beatings." - Odo, University of Paris Chancellor in the 12th century, on what to do with a wife who desires relations during holy times.

(All quotes are excerpted from 'Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven' by Uta Ranke-Heinemann, Doubleday, 1990 - with the exception of those marked **, which are from 'Adam, Eve, and the Serpent' by Elaine Pagels, Random House, 1988.)

by D. Guide

Source: 'The Battle Cry', January/February 1992