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Why don't bishops speak out more against porn?

Time to follow UK politicians' example, says commentator

  • That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, blog
  • United Kingdom
  • July 25, 2013
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The prevalence and widespread use of pornography online and elsewhere is not a mark of a healthy society. Blessed Pope John Paul II's work on the Theology of the Body should have put paid to the notion that the Catholic Church is 'anti-sex' or puritan, but pornography works corrosively against the interest of the creation of good fathers, husbands, fosters vice instead of virtue, raising fantasy instead of real relationships and, of course, exploits and demeans women.

While many would question the motives of a Prime Minister who has just altered the meaning of marriage, there has been little from our Bishops in terms of railing against pornography or even the human trafficking that it often involves, condemned by Pope Francis. There is a growing sense that sexual morality is off limits as subject matter for our Bishops, yet sexuality goes to the heart of our humanity - the heart of who we are. It cannot just be ignored. [UK Prime Minister] David Cameron can now appear as a moral crusader with a special concern for the protection of children, for whom he describes pornography as "corrosive".

Now that he has opened up the issue of pornography in stating his desire to see the Government regulate online pornography, it would be a good time for the Bishops to address a culture of pornography that is damaging to men, women, children, the common good and to marriage, families, fatherhood and the gift of sexuality in marriage for union and procreation.

Pornography is a considerable threat to the Church's children (which consists of children and adults), is a danger to souls, to strong families and marriages. Why would Bishops want to remain silent on it in the light of reports that its use is rampant among the nation's schoolchildren? The United Kingdom is desperate for moral leadership. Pray that, in this matter, as in all matters of morality, the Bishops of England and Wales will offer moral leadership to the Church and to the country. To allow someone who has perverted and destroyed the inherent meaning of marriage to take moral leadership of the country, unchallenged, would be bizarre.

Full Story: Why Don't Bishops Discuss Porn?

Source: That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill (blog)

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