“Isn’t light porn OK?”
“What does the Church have against porn?”
Pornography portrays the human body and
human sexuality in a way that degrades the dignity of the
person, most often the woman (The Archdiocese of Washington’s
Catechesis on Human Sexuality).
Teaching Our Youth - Suggestions from Fr.
- Pope John Paul II's approach toward a theology of the
body is the best material we as a church can offer our youth.
Present our message (the Church's teaching) about the sacredness
of the body and of human relationships.
- Viewing pornography does not prove you a real man or woman
(a mature lover). It shows that you do not appreciate the
power and beauty of true relationships. Parents should try
calling their children to something higher. Everyone should
learn to appreciate the beauty of all people, not just picture
- Continue with the argument that pornography is degrading.
Depending on the age I might follow with what would you
think if the model was your sister/brother.
- How about considering that pornography might limit your
ability to sense beauty and be a soulful
companion to members of the opposite sex. Viewing pornography
shows an inability enter into real relationships.
- More than a few youth have expressed to me a thought
that viewing pornography reflects immaturity. I think we
can build on this.
- Note: more than a few young women view pictures of a
pornographic nature of men.
- The Stages of Intimacy activity emphasizes that to be
a good boyfriend or girlfriend, takes time to do things
slowly in order and right. Instead of chastising youth for
doing what society might be seen as calling them to do,
the handout calls them to enter into deeper relationships.
The handout shows the stages of intimacy pointing out that
if a couple began sexual relations too soon and before marriage,
they could miss many stages of building a solid relationship.
Every Young Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn
& Fred Stoeker, Strategies for victory in the real world
of sexual temptation. WaterBrook Press, Random House, ISBN
1-57856-537-5, paperback $13.99. www.family.org, resources,
book, title search
Degrading Women - Porn Among Friends is No Laughing Matter
(2/14/00) at Mary Beth Bonacci’s website, www.reallove.net
The Maryland Coalition Against Pornography (MCAP)
Mary Lee O’Connell, CRNP - 8/04