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


the union of sperm and egg that creates a new life


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


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


a newly fertilized egg before its implantation in the uterus


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


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


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


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



theology of the body

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


pre-marital intercourse and other sexual acts


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


an unborn child

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