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Anonymous Andrew wrote:

Hi, guys —

I understand that the Catholic Church's teaching against homosexual marriage is because sex between two people of the same gender can never result in children.

  • Does this also mean someone who is infertile can never marry?
  • What does it mean for older couples?
  • When a married couple is beyond the age when they can conceive children, does it mean it's no longer acceptable for them to have sex?

Andrew

  { Can someone who is infertile marry and what does this mean for older couples? }

Paul replied:

Andrew,

The Church teaches that a man and woman can licitly marry if one or both is infertile. However, they cannot marry if one or both is impotent, i.e. unable to perform the marital act.

This is because the consummation of a marriage is in the two becoming one-flesh of sexual intercourse. So, as long as:

  • a couple is able to perform the marital act (sexual intercourse) to consummate, and
  • they do nothing intentionally to impede its natural end (like contraception or sterilization),

there is no sin.

Peace,

Paul

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