Sexuality & Theology of the Body

 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity [love], these three: but the greatest of these is charity [love].

~1 Corinthians 13:13

All the baptized are called to chastity. The Christian has "put on Christ," the model for 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. 

"People should cultivate [chastity] in the way that is suited to their state of life. Some profess virginity or consecrated celibacy which enables them to give themselves to God alone with an undivided heart in a remarkable manner. Others live in the way prescribed for all by the moral law, whether they are married or single."136 Married people are called to live conjugal chastity; others practice chastity in continence: 

There are three forms of the virtue of chastity: the first is that of spouses, the second that of widows, and the third that of virgins. We do not praise any one of them to the exclusion of the others. . . . This is what makes for the richness of the discipline of the Church.

Those who are engaged to marry are called to live chastity in continence. They should see in this time of testing a discovery of mutual respect, an apprenticeship in fidelity, and the hope of receiving one another from God. They should reserve for marriage the expressions of affection that belong to married love. They will help each other grow in chastity. 

Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes. 

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 2348-2351


THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE FAMILY:  Guidelines for Education within the Family
Vatican Document: Vatican City, December 8, 1995


Catholic Answers staff respond to questions about the sex and chastity.


The Chastity Project is run by a team of 6 men and women who have each taken on a specific ministry: Jason Evert (Chastity Project), Crystalina Evert (Women Made New), Christopher West (The Cor Project), Chris Stefanick (Real Life Catholic), Sarah Swafford (Emotional Virtue), and Matt Frad (The Porn Effect). For more information on these ministries, visit the Chastity Project homepage and visit the links.
The following are excellent lists of resources and information by subject provided by the "Chastity Project:': videos, audio, Q&A, research, links, quotes, blog.

The Cor Project

The modern world has sought – with rapid success – to redefine human sexuality. The result has been not only a new sexual ethic, but a new definition of our humanity and a new social order. Founded by Christopher West and inspired by John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, The Cor Project aims to reframe questions of human existence in such a way that the divine plan for man and woman can be perceived and embraced in all its beauty and splendor. This is a project of the heart (“cor” is Latin for heart), attracting men and women who are yearning for more than what our culture’s approach to happiness and fulfillment has to offer. Join the project!
Mission: To equip men and women to learn, live, and share the beauty of the divine plan for human life, love, and sexuality in a new evangelization.
Vision: The Cor Project envisions a culture of true human flourishing flowing from hearts liberated to recognize the innate dignity of every human being and live the beautiful gift of sexuality as the call to divine love it was created to be.

Jason Evert: How to Save Your Marriage...Before You Meet Your Spouse

A talk sponsored by the Department of Student Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Myths of the Sexual Revolution - Mary Eberstadt

Franciscan University's "Faith and Reason," February 22, 2013: Mary Eberstadt, author of “Adam and Eve After the Pill”, debunks the popular cultural myths surrounding the sexual revolution.

Pints with Aquinas - #88: Aquinas' 4 ways to overcome lust

Podcast by Matt Fradd.

Ruth Institute Website

"Inspiring Survivors of the Sexual Revolution." The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to creating a lasting and Christ-like mass social movement to end the agony and injustice of family breakdown. The Ruth Institute’s Resource Center provides decades of research and educational tools to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture and other forms of family breakdown.Our Ruth Refuge and Tell Ruth the Truth blog offers a safe community for people to share their life stories with others online as a means for healing and preventing the cycle of divorce. You may choose to sign up for their newsletter as well.


Provided Courtesy of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN): An amazing document written by Saint John Paul 2 about the human body, sexuality and marriage.

Theology of the Body Summary Series - John Paul II Institute, Melbourne

A series of 14 videos summarizing Pope Saint John Paul II's, Theology of the Body, by lecturers and educational staff of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. 

Theology of the Body, Sexual Redemption and the New Evangelization

Christopher West delivers a profound session on the reality, meaning and significance of sexuality and the human body. Hope Conference 2015.