Catholics/chastity and faith
Can one be chaste (practice chastity) without faith or have faith without chastity according to Catholic theology?
ANSWER: Hank, your question presents the top of a mountain for which there is so much underlying information and explanation. Ttwo major levels are beneath your question about chastity and faith:
1 -- as a theoretical issue: A person is able through natural reasoning to know that some things are morally right or wrong. Some refer to this ability as the natural law [of right and wrong]. For example, to directly kill an innocent person is morally wrong; an analysis of the purpose of sexual action can lead to a knowledge of its use being restricted to a stable relationship [between a man and a woman] providing for the care and the nurture of offspring. So, faith in God is not strictly necessary [but a great help] for human knowledge of some truths about moral truths.
2 -- as a practical issue: A person may be able to avoid unchastity by human effort sometimes. However, to avoid moral failure consistently, a person needs God's help. This issue arose in Catholic thought during the fifth century. Pelagius taught that a person was able to avoid sin by his or her own power without God; the Church responded that God's help [grace] was needed. Should you be interested, a summary of the controversy can be found on line at: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11604a.htm
Remember: God our Savior wills that all persons be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth [1 Tim 2:3-4].
I hope that these thoughts are helpful. Please feel free to write again for clarification or further explanation.
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I understand that you are not required to have faith in order to be chaste (although faith may be a good help). But can you have faith without being chaste or is this impossible?
Dogmatically speaking, unchastity is not necessarily a sin against faith.
I do not do pastoral counseling. If you should have any concerns about your personal life, I would recommend your contacting a local Catholic priest or the office of the bishop.
In 1953, I visited Stockholm and happened to meet the bishop, Ansgar Nelson, who was born in USA.
If you wish to follow-up on my response, please write again.
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