- Moral Virtues
What the Catholic Church Teaches
"The virtue of chastity comes under
the cardinal virtue of
which seeks to permeate the passions and appetites of the senses
Catechism of the Catholic Church (2341)
is a moral virtue.
It is also a gift from God, a grace, a fruit of spiritual effort.
The Holy Spirit enables one whom the water of Baptism has
regenerated to imitate the purity of Christ."
- Catechism of
the Catholic Church (2345)
"All the baptized are called to chastity. The Christian has 'put on
Christ,' the model of all chastity. All Christ's faithful are
called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states
of life. At the moment of his Baptism, the Christian is pledged to
lead his affective life in chastity."
- Catechism of
the Catholic Church (2348)
"Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal
love of man and woman.
In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and
pledge of spiritual communion.
Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the
Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one
another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses,
is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being
of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way
only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman
commit themselves totally to one another until death."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church (2360-61)