Question: I am having a disagreement with a friend. She says masturbation is a mortal sin. I say it is not. Who is right? Answer: When we speak of a sin being mortal or venial, we speak in an objective sense that is not always able to take into account a number of subjective or personal factors. Thus missing Mass is objectively a mortal sin; however, an individual may miss Mass by accidently oversleeping, illness or forgetfulness.
Religious views on masturbation
THINKING CATHOLICISM: IS MASTURBATION A SIN?
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Is Masturbation a Sin?
Two of our writers, Jesse L. Eubanks and Josh Hatcher, address the issues of lust, sexual immorality and ultimately whether masturbation is sin. Jesse L. Josh Hatcher is the father of three small children, and the husband of a hard-working stay-at-home-mom in rural Pennsylvania.
Clearly, humans are sexual beings. No matter where you live or how you were raised, this is true. Biologically, our sex drive ensures the continuation of the human race, but there is so much more to sex than just reproduction.