Better to spill your seed...?

I was talking with a Catholic friend of mine about how the Church’s view is that masturbation is a mortal sin (soldiers have a tendency to openly discuss things others may consider taboo :rolleyes: ). He agreed that this was indeed the Church’s teaching, but he went on to say, “Yes, but it also says it is better to spill your seed in the belly of a whore than spill it on the ground.” I was unable to find this passage in the Bible, and I was wondering if the Catholic Church ever taught anything resembling this. A Protestant friend had mentioned the same thing earlier. Neither one of them are very religious, and I have a feeling this is some sort of “urban legend.” My understanding is that both acts are wrong, as they take place outside of intercourse between a husband and wife.

I apologize if this question is a bit too explicit for the forum, and I assure you all I have no desire to offend anyone. I was just surprised by what he said, and I wondered if there was any basis for it whatsoever. Thank you and God bless!

I have heard the phrase before, but have never encountered it in the Bible. As I recall it was in a Newman Club discussion [50 years ago]. I suspect that it is from one of the Church Fathers, but don’t have any leads to offer.

Urban Legend. No such saying.

God Bless,

Many years ago, before I came into the Church, I used to have an Old Dakes Bible. They had a listing of common quotes that were NOT in the Bible. That was one of them.

Thanks! Now I can turn my attention to things of greater importance… :slight_smile:

Is it possible that it may come from one of the Deuterocanonical works? The ‘Blue-Letter Bible’ link is based off of the KJV, and doesn’t seem to use the Deuterocanonicals…

This also doesn’t answer whether it may be from some writing of one of the Church Fathers…

That is true…Hmmhh… :hmmm:

[quote=RyanL]Urban Legend. No such saying.

God Bless,

It is not clear whether, or how far, they looked beyond the Bible.

It would, however, be consistent with the thoughts of the Scholastics like St. Thomas Aquinas, not that I’d necessarily agree with that.

I, however, do think that masturbation is worse than fornicating with a girlfriend or boyfriend.

My understanding is that both acts are wrong, as they take place outside of intercourse between a husband and wife.

Both acts are wrong, but masturbation is worse than prostitution IF you don’t use artificial contraception with the prostitute AND you don’t take into account factors like addiction and all that stuff discussed in the catechism about pastoral care of masturbation. Prostitution is more wrong if you use contraception, because that is basically just masturbating with another person’s body.

But premarital sex is still “natural” from a Scholastic perspective. It is wrong because it is not between a husband and wife, but from the perspective of Natural Law…it is still the rightly ordered sex act toward procreation by the physical union of a man and a woman.

Acts which spill the seed non-procreatively (gay sex acts, bestiality, masturbation, contraception)…are worse than a natural but premarital sex act.

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Belly of a whore doesn’t even make sense. Then again maybe it does if you’re sick enough.

From my vantage point here about 10 miles south of Park City, where BTK stalked but did not attack my dear SIL, I might have a skewed view.

I heard (but did not watch on TV) that Dennis Rader did sometimes “spill seed” on his victims before he left them. For some reason “on the belly of a whore” just doesn’t sound like the moral high ground. :nope:

I’d say better to leave this non-teaching alone, with wide berth. :eek:

Some Catholics say practically anything, it seems, about masturbation – wouldn’t surprise me if many believe this sort of stuff.


Well, not to keep harping on this subject, but I think the idea behind the saying is that it is better to have sexual intercourse with a prostitute than to masturbate. The term “in the belly of a whore,” probably refers to the womb, the natural, ordered destination of “seed.” Whether this is true or not is debatable from my point of view, for the simple reasons that the consequences of sleeping with a prostitute could be more severe than the consequences of masturbation. In any case, both are sins, so to argue extensively about which is worse serves no purpose.

Saying that one grave sin is better than another is sort of like David Berkowitz bragging that he wasn’t as bad a serial killer as John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy.

– Mark L. Chance.

What would you think of a priest masturbates to avoid fornicating? Or a nun or friar? What about a homosexual?

I don’t know if it’s an urban legend, but I’ve always thought that there was a principle that goes something like “Of two evils, choose the smallest” or something.

Either the guy was just joking or inventing that up or misheard some quote. :slight_smile:

I’m being serious. I never joke about matters that concern my spiritual health and I detest lying. I’d like to know some opinions, that’s all.

Is it better for a priest to (1) fornicate or to (2) masturbate to avoid fornication?

Actually i was replying to the first post about that military man quote better to “spill your seed…” :slight_smile:
but i’m also sorry for i posted near your question so you thought that was an answer. again, i’m sorry. :o

No problem… (inside head: “Sticks and stones may hurt my bones but words will never hurt me”)… I’ll recover -sniff-sniff- Don’t worry… I’mmm s-s-strong -snif-

Kidding! No harm done.

BTW: what is your opinion on my question?

Tough Question…
Are that the only choices i can pick? :confused:

Its better and required that they do neither!!