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Priest pens steamy Catholic sex guide

THE Reverend Ksawery Knotz has a message for all married Catholic couples out there: There's nothing wrong with a steamy sex life.

In fact, it's a good thing.

In his new book "Sex as you don't know it: For married couples who love God," the Polish friar provides a theological and practical guide for Catholics that has little in common with the strait-laced attitudes often associated with the Roman Catholic Church.

"Some people, when they hear about the holiness of married sex, immediately imagine that such sex has to be deprived of joy, frivolous play, fantasy and attractive positions," Knotz writes. "(They think) it has to be sad like a traditional church hymn."

But Knotz, a Franciscan friar from a monastery outside Krakow in southern Poland, wants to change all that. His book aims to sweep away the taboos and assure Catholic couples that good sex is part of a good marriage.

"The most important message is that sexuality does not deviate at all from religiousness and the Catholic faith, and that we can connect spirituality and a search for God with a happy sex life," Knotz told The Associated Press.

Much of the book stems from questions that Knotz encountered while counseling married couples.

"I talk with a lot of married couples and I listen to them, so these problems just kind of sit in my mind," he said. "I would like for them to be happier with their sex life, and for them to understand the Church's teachings so there won't be unnecessary tension or a sense of guilt."

Clergymen, including Pope Benedict XVI, have written about the ethics of love, marriage and sexuality before, and laymen have penned steamy sex guides for married Catholic couples.

But few priests have taken Knotz's explicit approach, including everything from the theological to the practical, from oral sex to contraception and the number of children a Catholic couple should have.

"Every act - a type of caress, a sexual position - with the goal of arousal is permitted and pleases God," Knotz writes.


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