Pornography and Our Call to Love
(also available in Spanish)
Pornography distracts us from our call to love. It fosters looking at others through the lens of self-gratification. Young people are particularly vulnerable with today’s internet access. 93% of male college students reported that they were exposed to internet pornography before the age of 18; 86% of young men (18-26) reported that they have accessed pornography to some extent. Behavioral addictions can act similarly to a drug that causes changes in the brain, and some who have struggled to break an addiction to pornography have reported physical withdrawal symptoms. The use of pornography is associated with marital problems, and distorts the meaning of sexuality as an expression of love.
This brochure is available at the Hospitality Desk in both English and Spanish.
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Related piece: The Effects of Pornography on Marriage
Pornography removes love and trust from the sexual embrace. The practice is addictive and the strong pull to satisfy urges does not disappear with marriage. “Virtual promiscuity” before marriage leads to “virtual adultery” after marriage, and can progress to actual adultery. Sexual addiction is powerful and attempts to stop without help often meet with little long-term success. Recovery and support groups can be of great help to conquer addiction and rebuild marriages. Honesty and transparency, sacraments and spiritual direction, and understanding the theology of the body are also important for recovery and healing. See http://www.archkck.org/freedom for information about freedom from pornography, church teachings, and tips for building passionate marriages and protecting families.
This piece is no longer available at USCCB, but a very similar article is posted here.