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Re: Catholics and sex

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Post by Christian2 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:05 pm

Byblos wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:41 am
Christian2 wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:47 am
Clement of Alexandria:

"A Man who marries for the sake of begetting children must practice continence so that it is not desire he feels for his wife, whom he ought to love, and that be beget children with a haste and controlled will."

What exactly does this mean?

Thanks.
Ignorant quips and knee-jerk reactions aside, don't you find it curious that in the same sentence they objected to, Clement emphatically states a man ought to love his wife? I mean that alone ought to give you pause that there's more to what he's saying than meets the eye.

Clement's Stromata Book III is devoted to marriage but the right type of marriage, not one based on fleshy desire but true love as well as procreation, both of which are the directed goals of natural law.
I agree. Thanks for your response.

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