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Desiring Dan wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the Church's stand on having sex before marriage but after being engaged?

Desiring Dan

  { What is the Church's stand on having sex before marriage but after being engaged? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Dan —

The teaching of Christ is that sex is reserved for the covenant of marriage, when a man and a woman make a public, exclusive, and life-long commitment to each other before God.

The act of sex is an act with a meaning — a meaning of total and complete self-giving of each person to the other.

If you're not married, you haven't really given yourself totally to the other person. Even engagement is simply a period of final discernment for marriage. It's a promise, not a reality so the couple must wait until they are really married before having relations with each other.


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