Theology of the Body and Religious views on masturbation From the beginning of the thirteenth century, the Catholic Church formally recognized marriage between a freely consenting, baptized man and woman as a sacrament — an outward sign communicating a special gift of God's love. The Council of Florence in gave this definition, following earlier Church statements in , and declared that sexual union was a special participation in the union of Christ in the Church. Further, marriage was said to be for the "relief of concupiscence "  as well as any spiritual purpose. The Catholic moral theologian Charles E. Curran stated "the fathers of the Church are practically silent on the simple question of masturbation".
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