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Does the catholic church forbid masterbation?

is it a sin for adolescents or just adults

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If masturbation is a sin, then we're all going to hell, so we can stop worrying about the afterlife and get on with the thislife.

And... just how does the catholic church assume the power to interpret what is and isn't a sin, anyway?

When I get to heaven, I'll ask - "Where are all the Popes?" and the answer will be - "In the other place, for daring to set themselves up as Gods on earth."

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Can I be there when you ask???
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Im following you your awesome
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Well thank you, bloodyhello. To be honest, I didn't think that answer would get past the mods....
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I'm sorry yos - but - well, you know, they might not let you in... :))
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No eagles allowed???
It's not a good god then!
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It's interesting that masturbation is a sin but that pedophilia is a common practice.
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Yeah every healthy person in the world has masturbated, but only sickos are pedophiles.......The wonderful world of catholisism (sp?).....
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@dodgy: ohhhhh snap!
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Maybe but I don't really care.

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maybe they shouldnt so the will stop harming others

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I don't know if it's a sin, but if it were it would apply to everyone, regardless of age.

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it's not a sin, it's in your human nature to do so.

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It is a sin in the Roman Catholic church.Most things are.

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I went to this one church camp thingy (It wasn't catholic) and at the camp I went to this one class and the teacher said masturbation isn't a sin as long as you don't think about someone (all lusty and whatnot)

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But that doesn't make any sense.
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How? (The whole thing didn't make sense to me.. and I'm the one who wrote it.)
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I meant how can you m@sturbate without thinking about someone
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Oh.. well.... I dunno. I guess I'm not expert at it so I wouldn't know.. But that is what the dude said.
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When talking about sin there's an interesting passage in the bible about whether it was a sin to eat something. The response was if you think it's wrong,doing it is a sin.

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Yea but we only feel that certain things are wrong because we're told they are
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When I was young the Catholic church said it was a sin to eat meat on Friday. Then sometime in the late 60's they said it was not a sin any longer but they preferred you didn't eat meat on Friday. So I figured if that was the case they must just prefer I didn't pleasure myself.

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Well God intended that sexual relations be only within marriage. At Hebrews 13:4 it says, "Let marriage be honorable among all, and the marriage bed be without defilement, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers." Masturbation stimulates one sexually. This is could lead to fornication or viewing pornography. Notice what it says at Colossians 3:5, "Deaden, therefore, YOUR body members that are upon the earth as respects fornication, uncleanness, sexual appetite, hurtful desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry." We don't want to knowingly do things that displeases God.

I hope this answered your question!

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I'm a lifelong, Roman Catholic Christian, whose brother, Father John, is our Pastor, here at St. John Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church teaches that any deliberate, sexual arousal (even by just thinking about it), and all sexual acts, that are not done as part of a valid, heterosexual (man and woman) marriage, are wrong, however young or old a person is, because they are not what God intended in the beginning; and he has never changed his mind about that.
All of this comes under the sixth commandment: thou shall not commit adultery, but see also the ninth commandment: thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife.
I hope this helps to clarify the Church's teaching for you. Additional questions? Please leave a comment.
Frank

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why forbid? unless you want to become monk or nun.

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Yes. Masturbation is a sin. Our sexual organs are not playthings to be used for self-gratification. They are intended for sexual relations in marriage, to express and share mutual, self-donating love, and for the procreation of children. When we use our sexual power of loving and procreating within marriage according to God's purpose, we honor Him and our bodies. When we do not, we dishonor God and our bodies, something Scripture condemns. Masturbation is often called "self-abuse" precisely because the person who masturbates abuses his or her body, which is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Masturbation is a sin against nature - which was designed and given order by God. In masturbation, it is pleasure alone that becomes the end goal, not the joy in doing something truly loving.

Hope this helps!

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