In addition to exposing sexual harassers, our society would do well to purge itself of all sexual evildoers. After all, if we are going to get serious about ending sexual harassment, then we need to end the areas of our culture where women are treated as nothing better than sexual objects. This would include those who produce pornography and run porn sites, as well as those who run strip clubs.[click to continue...]
St. Jerome concurs, “Love to study the Scriptures and you will not love the vices of the flesh.”[click to continue...]
“Do not look intently at a virgin, lest you stumble and incur penalties for her.
Do not give yourself to harlots lest you lose your inheritance.
Do not look around in the streets of a city, nor wander about in its deserted sections.
Turn away your eyes from a shapely woman, and do not look intently at beauty belonging to another; many have been misled by a woman’s beauty, and by it passion is kindled like a fire.” ~ Sirach 9:5-8
On the question, is making out before marriage a sin, the answer would appear to be in the negative. After all, no intercourse is taking place, and so it would seem as though it does not violate the Sixth Commandment (“Thou shall not commit adultery” [Ex 20:14]).[click to continue...]