Struggles With Pornography
Unfortunately, thanks to the Internet, pornography is now widely available and easy to access, making it a terrible and sinful addiction for many in our modern society. We must understand the terrible reality of pornography in our culture today, so we can offer help to those who are suffering with this addiction. If you are struggling with the sin of pornography, you are not alone…and there are ways you can and must break free from it.
What is pornography and why is it sinful?
Pornography involves exploiting and objectifying the human body in order to sexually arouse the viewer. Of course, we know that the Catholic Church teaches that the human body should be respected, because of the dignity that Christ bestows on every person. So, pornography is wrong in that it gravely and directly goes against God’s intention to preserve the sacredness of the human body. In other words, pornography is gravely offensive to the virtue of chastity.
The harmful effects of pornography
Sadly, pornography affects so many more people than just the consumer…it hurts families, those working in the industry, and so many more.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that pornography “perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others” (CCC 2354).
This addiction to sin can be overcome
You can break free from your addiction to pornography. Or, if you have a spouse who is addicted to pornography, there is hope. Families can be healed and souls can be restored. God’s mercy is abundant, and is there for those who seek it.