Madeline Jones

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The Evolution of the View of Sex and the Body in Catholic History

Sexuality has been an ever-present topic considered by the Catholic Church. In particular, the way that sex itself and the body have been perceived within the Church’s history garnersattention even today. From Genesis came a foundation for the denial of the body, which influenced the view of sex and marriage for the early Christian Church and had continued into the 1960s. However, in recent years, a new movement has arisen to redefine the laity’s view of the Church’s teachings and the argumentation used in sexual morality, providing a response to these cultural changes and the previous perceptions held.