Catholic theology of sexuality , like Catholic theology in general, is drawn from natural law ,  canonical scripture , divine revelation , and sacred tradition , as interpreted authoritatively by the magisterium of the Catholic Church. Sexual morality evaluates sexual behavior according to standards laid out by Catholic moral theology , and often provides general principles by which Catholics are able to evaluate whether specific actions meet these standards. The Catholic Church teaches that human life and human sexuality are inseparable. Because Catholics believe God created human beings in his own image and likeness and that he found everything he created to be "very good,"  the Catholic Church teaches that human body and sex must likewise be good. In cases in which sexual expression is sought outside marriage , or in which the procreative function of sexual expression within marriage is deliberately frustrated e.
Don't Adulterate the Adultery – The American Catholic
I am a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Vienna, responsible for the parishes of Zillingdorf and Eggendorf, and a teacher at the International Theological Institute , Trumau. I have set up this blog to share both academic and personal reflections, with emphasis on our common vocation to life in Christ, to love and holiness. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or join in discussion. Which is worse: adultery or masturbation? Rape or masturbation? Did Aquinas teach that masturbation is a greater sin than rape, because masturbation is unnatural, and rape is not? If so, what did he mean by speaking in this?
Fornication, Masturbation & Adultery : Why Sex Is for the Married Only
Sex is intended to be both an expression of love for your spouse, and a beautiful means of procreation. Sex is so special, powerful, and valuable that it is properly used only within marriage. Sex is the ultimate gift husbands and wives can give: a total gift of self, body and soul. Sex is how you fulfill your wedding vows to love totally, freely, and completely. As long as you both shall live.
What more is there to say? If it is so clear cut, though, why then do so many, especially professing Christians, fall into the snares of adultery? The answers to this are varied.