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19 Jan 2024

Pope Francis Says Sexual Pleasure is a 'Gift From God'

Pope Francis described sexual pleasure as "[a gift from God](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68016311)" to be approached 'with discipline and patience' and warned against the relationship-less satisfaction of pornography. In a Vatican sermon on vices and virtues, he spoke against lust's destructive impact on relationships. The Pope's remarks come amid controversy over Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, his new head of doctrine, who faced backlash for [erotic writings](https://international.la-croix.com/news/religion/the-controversial-contents-of-cardinal-fernandezs-book-on-spirituality-and-sexuality/18984). The debate extends to church doctrines, including blessings for same-sex unions, which have drawn criticism from conservative prelates.