Catechism of the Catholic Church
576 Part Three 2395 Chastity means the integration of sexuality within the person. It includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery. 2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are mas turbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices. 2397 The covenant which spouses have freely entered into entails faithful love. It imposes on them the obligation to keep their marriage indissoluble. 2398 Fecundity is a good, a gift and an end of marriage. By giving life, spouses participate in God’s fatherhood. 2399 The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legiti mate intentions on the part of the spouses do not jus tify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception). 2400 Adultery, divorce, polygamy, and free union are grave offenses against the dignity of marriage.
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