A Postscript to the “Remedium Concupiscentiae”

  title={A Postscript to the “Remedium Concupiscentiae”},
  author={Cormac Burke},
  journal={The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review},
  pages={481 - 536}
  • Cormac Burke
  • Published 5 April 2017
  • Philosophy
  • The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review
T TERMremedium concupiscentiae, proposed up to 1983 as a "secondary" end of marriage, has been seriously misapplied over the centuries. In practice it was taken to imply that marriage gives a lawful outlet to sexual concupiscence (or lust), and hence married couples can legitimately yield to it. The consequences went further. If concupiscence is "remedied" by the fact of being married, then it is either automatically purified of whatever self-centered (and hence anti-love) elements it entails… 


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