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I was told by a priest that sexual intercourse between unmarried persons is acceptable so long as it reflects a relationship of love. Lots of people seem to believe this, but is it true?

The only “relationship of love” that makes sexual intercourse acceptable is a marital one. The priest who told you otherwise wasn’t presenting Catholic teaching on the subject, but his own (erroneous) opinion.

In its Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethics, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirmed traditional Catholic teaching on the subject of sexual relations outside marriage:

"Nowadays many claim the right to sexual intercourse before marriage, at least for those who have a firm intention of marrying and whose love for one another, conjugal as it were, is deemed to demand this as a natural outcome...This opinion is contrary to Christian teaching which asserts that sexual intercourse may take place only within marriage (no.7)"













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  1. Michael Reply

    No this statement is not true. Playing man and wife. Is not good in God’s eyes or the church. I if your going to post something do an investigation first. Thank you.

  2. Patricia Klein Reply

    26 years ago while attending pre-cana a few couples had said the same thing. They said that their Parish priest told them that it was not sinful as long as they had intentions on marrying.

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