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I suppose it’s not entirely surprising, given my line of work, that my seven year old son should ask me, “Dad, what’s pornography?” But it was. Especially since he asked me in front of a female friend of ours who was driving the three of us on an errand. “What’s that, mate?” I asked. Knowing […]
Bill and Kathy are in their mid-forties. They have been married twenty years and have six children. Bill is a military officer and Kathy is a stay-at-home mom. Kathy sought marital counseling when she caught Bill viewing Internet pornography. A scan of the history on his laptop computer, cell phone and tablet revealed that he […]
It can be incredibly overwhelming to realize just how many men, women, and young people in our parishes are struggling with pornography use, and as indicated by the question, sometimes we aren’t really sure where to start. I’ve always found it best to break down the problem into parts. There are three main areas to […]
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How do I as a priest address porn from the pulpit? I don’t want to scandalize the young and innocent.
Addressing pornography, and all sexual sin, from the pulpit is definitely a daunting task. As priests, we stand in the tension between proclaiming the truth about the danger to souls posed by pornography and the fear of scandalizing those who are innocent. Sometimes we can even fail to teach the truth because we fear teaching people to sin. However, we also must acknowledge the fact that we live in a pornified culture, and our young people are often not as…