Although this short post is entitled “Healthy (Catholic) Sexuality,” I believe that what is described here is what is best for everyone. The meaning of life is to be happy – it is what everyone strives for, it is the end to every action. The Catholic Church, following right reason and divine revelation, works toward the mission for all people (catholicity) to be happy with God.
Healthy sexuality can be summed up in the following way:
Healthy sexuality is sexuality that is participated in only by husband and wife and always by husband and wife.
I’m going to leave it at this and unpack the rest later. These are my own words. As far as I know, this exact phrasing hasn’t been stated by anyone else. There are certainly people who think this statement goes too far, and many who think it doesn’t go far enough.
The specific phrases to further explain are 1) participated in, 2) only by, 3) husband and wife, and 4) always by.
This single sentence contains only affirmations of what healthy sexuality is. The further details will contain more yes-es and do-es, but it will also contain the more infamous no-es and don’ts.