“Pornography, though not new, is a particularly dark ‘sign’ of the modern world, one that harms countless men, women, children, marriages, and families. Today it can be considered a structure of sin. It is so pervasive in sectors of society that it is difficult to avoid, challenging to remove, and has negative effects that go beyond any one person’s actions.”
-- Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography
Click on the image to read the full version of the statement.
Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, then-chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which directed the statement's development, said: "My brother bishops' approval of this statement shows our collective concern for the widespread problem of pornography in our culture today. As the statement says, virtually everyone is affected by pornography in some way. So many people –including within the Church– are in need of Christ's abundant mercy and healing."
I highlight the following remarks from the U.S. Catholic Bishops:
"The rise of the Internet presents the most dramatic difference between pornography in decades past and more recently."
"Online, pornography is instantly accessible, seemingly anonymous, mostly free, and has the appearance of being endlessly novel."
"The widespread availability of the Internet means that pornography is in the home, at work, and often literally at one’s fingertips with the prevalence of mobile devices."
"In contrast to a magazine, the Internet has no final page."
The Clean Heart pamphlet series includes five pamphlet-length resources related to the main statement. The pamphlets can be purchased from the USCCB Store. Each pamphlet's full text is available online by clicking on the pamphlet image below:
RESOURCES FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MILWAUKEE
People sometimes think of pornography as “harmless,” and wonder what the big deal is with something you do in private. The reality is that pornography is deeply harmful - to the men, women and children who view it - and to all of society. Viewing pornography actually can “rewire one’s brain,” causing neurochemical changes in the brain.
Pornography usage is anything BUT harmless. The damage to men, women, young people, children and families is staggering. Porn addiction has reached epidemic proportions, and is becoming considered a public health crisis. Here are some of the effects of pornography usage on marriages:
It destroys the trust and intimacy between husbands and wives
It leads to the end of marriages
It creates obstacles to real communication and personal interaction between spouses and family members
It stimulates a distorted view of sexuality that can lead to riskier behaviors
It draws focus away from family life, and from God, and sets a destructive example for children.
Dr. Peter Kleponis presents an alarming in-depth look at the pornography epidemic that is ruining lives, marriages, families, and careers—and hindering life-giving relationships with God. Read the stories of real people—men, women, clergy, seminarians, and teens—who’ve suffered from addictions to pornography and went on to find healing. Freedom is possible. Integrity can be restored.
Pornography addiction is an epidemic worldwide. Millions of people are affected by it. In this workbook, Dr. Peter Kleponis presents his Integrity Starts Here program. This proven recovery program for pornography addiction is the first one to combine modern psychology with Catholic spirituality. With this workbook, Catholic readers will embark on the journey of creating their own customized recovery program that incorporates their Catholic faith in God, which can lead to lasting sobriety, healing, growth and change.
Click on Image to go to Reclaim
Science-based, Catholic resources for those impacted by pornography, masturbation, or other unhealthy sexual behaviors. Reclaim offers an anonymous online recovery program for pornography users and spouses of pornography users. Also has information for parents about protecting their children from pornography.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price." (I Cor. 6:19-20)
Upon release of the letter, When Bishop Loverde released his letter "Bought With a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a Pornographic Culture," 2014, he remarked, “In my fifty years as a priest, I have seen the evil of pornography spread like a plague throughout our culture. As part of my responsibility to lead all the people in the Diocese of Arlington to the vision of God, I find it necessary now to address the tremendous moral, social, and spiritual dangers of pornography."
He addresses in his letter: The nature of the current threat of pornography, The arguments put forward by those who attempt to rationalize pornography, The offering of concrete counsel to all Christians, young people, couples, and priests and the gift of sight and its fulfillment in divine contemplation. The small booklet includes a study guide and a suggested rule of life for those wishing to be free from pornography. More information, including additional resources and ordering information, available on the Diocese of Arlington website.
The Porn Effect was started by Matt Fradd, a well-known Catholic speaker on pornography. A former addict himself, Matt is now an advocate for breaking pornography addictions. The site offers a number of resources for men and women struggling with pornography, including a 5-step “Battle Plan” and “Ask the Expert” feature.