Posts Tagged ‘Pornography’

Strategies for Overcoming Porn

As we saw in the first part of this article, the porn addict has a terrible secret. But who can he tell? He fears telling his wife and he’s ashamed to confess it to a priest. He has all of the shame, guilt, and paranoia that go with leading...

A Theology of Vision and Pornography

“When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8: 44). But can a lie be more than words? In his accusation, Jesus is calling Satan the master deceiver. Satan even goes as far as using our senses to twist perception itself to distort mankind’s view of nature.

St. Thomas Aquinas elaborates on the integral role that senses play in mankind’s spiritual well-being,...

Legislating on Virtual and Physical Infidelity

Surprisingly, many have woken up to the reality that Americans are succumbing to either physical or virtual infidelity. A 2002 survey taken by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that internet pornography was a significant factor in 56% of divorce cases the prior year. In 2012, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy reported that 41% of marriages reported that one or both spouses admitted to infidelity (either physical or emotional).

Why...

Hope for the Gospel of Life in America

The Holy See is celebrating Blessed John Paul’s landmark encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) June 15-16. Issued in 1995 and dated March 25 to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation, The Gospel of Life is considered by many to be the best of an impressive set of 16 encyclical letters from his papacy, and perhaps his most heartfelt.

It makes sense—does it not?—when we consider his own life experiences in...

Stop Supporting Starbucks

I am not going to suggest that there is a binding moral obligation to boycott Starbucks. What I will do is share some information about how Starbucks has engaged in the battle over marriage. In doing so, I don’t have the space to argue for the dignity of all persons, make the case for “traditional marriage,” defend the Catholic Church’s teaching, or offer counsel...

Smartphones, Sex, and Your Teen

As a parent, there is an unstated checklist of topics you are required to cover with your child in order to prepare them to be balanced, healthy, and independent adults. They range from basic hygiene and financial responsibility, to appropriate social skills, time management, and goal setting.

There’s also the dreaded “Sex Talk.”

Every parent knows that sex needs to be discussed in some way, though for many it’s an uncomfortable and unavoidably awkward. We...

Emotional Pornography

“I turned 50 shades of pink when I saw my former elementary school teacher reading Fifty Shades of Grey,” someone might quip. Joking about the New York Times best-seller (and soon-to-be movie) Fifty Shades of Grey is almost as popular as the book itself. Billed as “an erotic novel,” the book reportedly includes obscenely graphic sexual scenes – scenes that focus on distorted practices such as bondage, dominance and sadism. The fact that so many...

The Recent Unpleasantness

On November 6, the citizens of the United States re-elected perhaps the most anti-Catholic president in its history to a second term...