What? We do?
Many non-Catholics get the impression that the Catholic Church hates sex. Why else would so many rules and regulations be placed on it? They figure we must hate everything that’s fun and enjoyable so we’ve made it impossible to have sexual intimacy with any element of pleasure. Why else are Catholics opposed to contraception, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, sodomy, and the list goes on?
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Catholics have a lot of rules about the Eucharist. You may not receive it if you are in the state of mortal sin. It may not touch the floor, and if it does, a special process must be followed to clean any spilled Precious Blood. Precious Blood may not be poured down a regular drain. And on and on. Do we, therefore, hate the Eucharist because we have so many rules and regs around its reception? Of course not!
We have rules because it’s such a profound and powerful sacrament! We want to harness that power for our benefit, not our destruction. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11 that “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord”. Wow, he’s not screwing around, and neither does the Church.
The Catholic Church treats sexual intimacy the same way. We don’t hate it. We are in awe of it’s majesty. We don’t want it brought down to the level of mere pleasure. It’s not just something people do like sleeping or breathing. Sexual intimacy is a participation in the very mystery of God. It is one of the most holy things that a human being is capable of doing.
If you’re Catholic, imagine playing Frisbee with a consecrated host; and you have a fair analogy of how the Church views misplaced sexual activity. We protect what we hold sacred; we don’t play games with them.