quote: The immoral possibilities are: a. Fornication - sex out of wedlock. b. Masturbation (including oral sex, here) c. Adultery - cheating on one's marriage partner.
I've noticed an increased acceptance within certain Protestant groups regarding Masturbation. And usually all forms of sex (oral or other) are generally held as acceptable within marriage. Is this also true of the Catholic church or do they view only genital intercourse between married couples as acceptable sexual contact?
Two alleged immoral acts --------------------------------
Let me add two side notes here.
First, Mr Chaplin... I recall a story about Charlie Chaplin’s divorce in 1920. His wife Lita had various and sundry reasons for wanting do divorce him. One of those stated is that Mr Chaplin wanted to perform cunnilingus on her. A "shocked" judge or lawyer asked Mr Chaplin if this was true.
"Yes, but all married people do that." .
Onan was not guilty of a sex crime An old term for masturbation is onanism. This of course refers to Onan, the second son of Judah, whose story is told in the Book of Genesis. You may recall that God struck him dead after “he spilled his seed on the ground”.
It is a common misunderstanding that his crime was a sexual one: masturbation. There is little reason to believe this was the case. Nor was his transgression coitus interruptus as such, an accepted means of birth control amongst modern Catholics.
No, Onan’s crime was far more serious.
Let me explain. The Jews of that period practiced levirate marriage, which meant that if your brother died without issue, you had to marry his wife, and the firstborn child of this union would be regarded as your brother’s. After his brother died (killed by God, actually), Onan did in accordance with the request of his father, have sexual intercourse with Tamar, Er’s widow. (Her own desire or lack of it is not mentioned.) But rather than impregnating her, Onan “spilled his seed on the ground”.
To the best of my knowledge, there was no pervasive concept of an afterlife at this time. Immortality was ensured through one’s children, and your children’s children. (Recall Abraham.) Onan was so jealous of his brother Er that he did not want him to have children. He wanted his brother’s name blotted out!
That of course is tantamount to fratricide –– and that is why he was killed.