2393 By creating the human being man and woman, God gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other. Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.

2394 Christ is the model ofchastity. Every ba ptized person is called to lead a chaste life, each according to his particular state of l~fe.

2395 Chastity means the integration of sexuality within the person. It includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery.

2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation,fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

2397 The covenant which spouses have freely entered into entails faithful love. It imposes on them the obligation to keep their marriage indissoluble.

2398 Fecundity is a good, a g~fl and an end of marriage. By giving life, spouses participate in God’s fatherhood.

2399 The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).

2400 Adultery, divorce, polygamy andfree union are grave offences against the dignity of marriage.

Article 7

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT You shall not stea1.’8~ 2401 The seventh commandment forbids unjustly taking or keeping the goods of one’s neighbour and wronging him in any way with respect to his goods. It commands justice and charity in 1807 the care of earthly goods and the fruits of men’s labour. For the sake of the common good, it requires respect for the universal destination of goods and respect for the right to private property. Christian life strives to order this world’s goods to God and to 952

fraternal charity.


I. The Universal Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods 2402 In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, master 226 them by labour and enjoy their fruits.’86 The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. However, the earth is divided