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Why on earth do Catholics believe *that*???
and since I'm promoting lately, I may as well pose a question... 
5th-Mar-2007 09:23 pm
schneckerock
this came up in one of the recent catholicism discussions, but was never really addressed.

what forms of affection are allowed, and what not allowed, during the abstaining period of NFP? I'm thinking a lot of people have the idea that anything goes, as long as it isn't intercourse (that could get you pregnant), and doesn't involve something artificial...
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6th-Mar-2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
It really comes down to the question, then, what does theology of the body say? Theology of the body states (to simplify) that sex is for the purpose of unity, and procreation. therefore, sexual acts outside of this purpose are against God's will. The question then becomes "define a sexual act". Many people consider kissing to be sexual, and therefore abstain from it before marriage. I do not. Where do we draw the line between God's purpose and our own? I have trouble with this, even outside of the context of NFP, just as a person in a relationship.
7th-Mar-2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
it also depends whose theology of the body you're reading, the pope's or christopher west's? I've heard the latter is a rather crude and somewhat innaccurate interpretation.

kissing in itself is one of those things that ranges everywhere from short and merely affectionate, to longer and more passionate. it's hard to lump all kinds into one category.

my husabnd and I refrained from kissing before marriage not because we considered it a sin and wrong, but because we knew the temptation to take it from one kind to the other would be great, and didn't want to see where it would go from there...
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