Unnatural sex in marriage was worse than adultery or fornication, according to sources that Gratian cited. Even if one party contracted leprosy, the sexual obligation remained in force. Problems involving sexual conduct were also at issue in the struggles between Protestant and Catholic. In the later medieval period, the wedding ceremony moved from the house of the bride to the church. For Protestants, marriage was a basic Christian institution, approved by Scriptures, and integral to a full human life.
All sexual relations outside of marriage amounted to fornication. Unnatural sex in marriage was worse than adultery or fornication, according to sources that Gratian cited. Indeed, they have rarely even considered it. In the manufacturing towns of northern Italy and southern France the unordained and untrained followers of Peter Waldo were preaching and teaching an alarming brand of Christianity that denied the special authority of the clergy and cast doubt on the spiritual value of the sacraments. We are more likely dealing with an unintended result of the Church's urge to protect the sanctity of sex, rather than with policy consciously created to enrich the ecclesiastical establishment. This last was close to the mark. The leaders of the medieval church, although occasionally sensitive to the problems and moral dilemmas of their flocks, were often indifferent to the social implications that their policies created. Virtually all restrictions that now apply to sexual behavior in Western societies stem form moral convictions enshrined in medieval canonical jurisprudence. The role of the clergy at a medieval wedding was simply to bless the couple. The pope further held that couples who had exchanged consent before reaching the minimum age for marriage were bound by their agreement if they had sexual intercourse; consummation thus outweighed the impediment of minority. Nowhere was their indifference more marked than in matters concerning reproduction and family life. The familia of the humble often consisted simply of a woman and her children. Equality of the sexes in marriage meant equality in the marriage bed, but not outside of it. It wasn't official church policy until the council of Trent in the 15th century that a third party [c. Married clergy, the reformers declared, were expensive to maintain - married priests, after all, had to provide food, clothes, and housing for those bawling babies and slatternly wives, and the church's resources were thereby frittered away, not in the service of God, but in catering to the whims of the wives and children of married clerics. Again, the male head of household was not part of his own familia. Humans then became incapable of controlling either their sexual desires or the physical reactions of their gonads. Only propagation of the species, Augustine warned, entitled them to make use of the marital privileges blamelessly. The bride didn't have to even be there for that. Medieval writers placed greater emphasis upon the first two patters, but at various times prior to the Reformation, and in many segments of Christian society since then, all three approaches and the consequences deduced from them have been held and taught in various combinations. The married woman who committed adultery stood to lose her dowry, and the beneficiary in that case was her husband, who received part or all of it as compensation for his humiliation. Neither had a right to seek sexual fulfillment outside of marriage, even if the other party was, for example, absent or ill and thus sexually unavailable. Intercourse in a "natural fashion but with contraceptive intent Gratian classed as a very slight sin, a moral blemish, much like such other minuta peccata as excessive talking, eating after one's hunger was sated, registering annoyance at an importunate beggar, or oversleeping, and as a result being later for divine services. Since marital sex is a favor, not a right, couples should avoid making love merely for enjoyment or because they felt like it. Among the poor, however, households were apparently small, since they included no slaves or servants and little property.
Video about the new rules on love sex and dating:
New Rules For Love, Sex, and Dating Small Group Bible Study by Andy Stanley - Session One
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