I have been struggling with the issue of masturbation for the past couple of months. After doing some research, I discovered that it has some medicinal benefits. If that’s the case, then why would masturbation be wrong?

Even if the physical benefits to masturbation were substantial, they would not justify the negative results. Masturbation conflicts with the whole purpose of sexuality. The act of sexual intercourse is the physical expression of the marriage vows made at the altar. It is therefore an expression of Christian love, i.e., concern for the other. It is the most complete way of expressing the total self-donation of one person to another.

Masturbation is not the expression of the self-gift of oneself to another. It cannot be the expression of love, since it consists of taking pleasure for oneself alone. Masturbation takes genital activity out of its proper context and makes it a selfish act.