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Title: Sexual Ethics and Marriage
Author(s): KELLY, Kevin T.
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 21    Issue: 2   Date: 2015   
Pages: 146-156
DOI: 10.2143/INT.21.2.3134525

Abstract :
This article outlines six 'building blocks' for a renewed sexual ethic: 1. Full and equal dignity of woman; 2. Freedom; 3. Friendship, intimacy and love; 4. Goodness of the human body, sexuality and sensual joy; 5. Giftedness of human life; 6. Uniqueness of the human person and respect for personal conscience. The sixth building block develops three factors related to the role of conscience in the discernment process of our personal decisionmaking: 1. To your own self be true; 2. Personal goodness and conscience; 3. The uniqueness of each person’s story of moral growth. The article concludes with some personal reflections on some of the neuralgic issues being discussed at the recent Synods of Bishops: remarriage after divorce, living together before marriage and same-sex relationships.

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