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Lust The inordinate craving for or indulgence of the carnal pleasure which is experienced in the human organs of generation The wrongfulness of lust is reducible to this that venereal satisfaction is sought for either outside wedlock or at any rate in a manner which is contrary to the laws that govern marital intercourse Every such criminal indulgence is a mortal sin provided of course it be voluntary in itself and fully deliberate This is the testimony of St Paul in the Epistle to the Galations v 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest which are fornication uncleanness immodesty luxury Of the which I foretell you as I have foretold to you that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God Moreover if it be true the gravity of the offences may be measured by the harm they work to the individual or the community there can be no doubt that lust has in this respect a gravity all its own Transgressions against the virtues other than purity frequently admit of a minor degree of malice and are accounted venial Impurity has the evil distinction that whenever there is a direct conscious surrender to any of its phases the guilt incurred is always grievous This judgment however needs modifying when there is question of some impure gratification for which a person is responsible not immediately but because he had posited its cause and to which he has not deliberately consented The act may then be only venially sinful For the determination of the amount of its wickedness much will depend upon the apprehended proximate danger of giving way on the part of the agent as well as upon the known capacity of the thing done to bring about venereal pleasure This teaching applies to external and internal sins alike Whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her hath already committed adultery
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