DeltaAro Posted October 20, 2017 Share Posted October 20, 2017 Disclaimer: this post is more meant as entertainment. Do not to take it too seriously. Since the Catholic Church declares that even wanking can be a MORTAL sin, is there ANYTHING that isn't sinful in Catholicism? Is asexuality sinful? At first it seems odd to believe that heavenly chaste asexuals could sexually sin (of course their gluttony is serious and most likely constitutes a mortal sin) – but wait! Asexuality falls under “insensibility” (= you do not derive pleasure from carnal acts). In Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas answers objections to the claim that “insensibility” is sinful: Objection 3. Further, that which is a very effective means of avoiding sin would seem not to be sinful. Now the most effective remedy in avoiding sin is to shun pleasures, and this pertains to insensibility. For the Philosopher [Aristotle] says (Ethic. ii, 9) that "if we deny ourselves pleasures we are less liable to sin." Therefore there is nothing vicious in insensibility. Reply to Objection 3. In order to avoid sin, pleasure must be shunned, not altogether, but so that it is not sought more than necessity requires. So asexuality can be sinful? But what about all those celibate priests, monks or nuns? Thomas Aquinas writes: It must, however, be observed that it is sometimes praiseworthy, and even necessary for the sake of an end, to abstain from such pleasures as result from these operations. Thus, for the sake of the body's health, certain persons refrain from pleasures of meat, drink, and sex; as also for the fulfilment of certain engagements: thus athletes and soldiers have to deny themselves many pleasures, in order to fulfil their respective duties. On like manner penitents, in order to recover health of soul, have recourse to abstinence from pleasures, as a kind of diet, and those who are desirous of giving themselves up to contemplation and Divine things need much to refrain from carnal things. Nor do any of these things pertain to the vice of insensibility, because they are in accord with right reason. Asexuals don't have such excuses, they don't shun sexual pleasures in accord with right reason, they simply don't desire them (or at least the sex-repulsed, non-libidonist asexuals). So is asexuality sinful in Catholicism? But “asexuality” is not an act, it's a state… so is it more like a vice? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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