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indissolubility

the property of marriage that demads the permanence and stability of marriage founded in the teachings of Jesus Christ

conception

the union of sperm and egg that creates a new life

procreation

the purpose of marriage by which man and woman conceive new life and willingly cooperate with God in creation of a new person

embryo

the name given to an unborn child in the first several weeks of life

zygote

a newly fertilized egg before its implantation in the uterus

unitive

one of the purposes of marriage and the marital act, it refers to the loving sacramental bond and mirrors the unity of Christ and his church. the quality or condition of being one in number. this can be said of many things, including God, of Christ and his church, and a man and woman in matrimony

puritanical

a perspective that considers all sexual passions and attractions to be sinful and attributes them to original sin

abortifacients

chemical substances or mechanical devices that inhibit a fertilized egg's ability itself to the lining of the uterus, thereby destroying the human zygote

conjugal act

marital act

contraception

any of a number of barrier or chemical measures used to prevent pregnancy which would result from sexual intercourse

in vitro fertilization

morally objectionable fertility technique of fertilizing a woman's egg with a man's sperm in the laboratory and then implanting the fertilized egg into a woman's uterus

natural family planning

any of several church-approved methods by which a couple may regulate conception by studying the signs of the woman's cycle of fertility

in vivo fertilization

morally objectionable fertility technique, also known as "artificial insemination," which involve artificially injecting a man's sperm into a woman's uterus in hopes of conception

humanae vitae

pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical that reaffirmed and beautifully explained the Catholic Church's condemnation of contraception

fertilization

conception

theology of the body

a body of teaching by PJP2 on the dignity of the human person and the complementarity of men and women

fornication

pre-marital intercourse and other sexual acts

exclusivity

the property of marriage that means each spouse gives totally of self to one person only

marital act

the genital sexual act proper to marriage, an embodiment of the permanent union of the husband and wife

fetus

an unborn child

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