Thursday, March 10, 2016
ANY SOLUTIONS TO THE EPIDEMIC OF PORNOGRAPHY USE AMONGST A SIGNIFICANT SEGMENT OF SOCIETY AND BELIEIVING CATHOLICS AND CHRISTIANS?
There is an article on the scourge of internet pornography at LifeSite blog which you can read by pressing this sentence.
Basically it confirms what most of us know about the rampant use of pornography easily accessible by the click of a key on any personal device. There is the usual wringing of hands over it. But it is very short on advice as to how to conquer this behemoth devil either in the collective sense or for individuals.
It is in fact corrupting our sexual morals and mores. It is corrupting our young, middle age and elderly and everyone in between. It is making many victims especially of women who feel they must do this, that or the other to please their man. I suspect there is a lot of latent anger over it in the women's population.
But then again, how do we deal with it. How do priests deal with it in the confessional as all of us know it is now a quite common sin for many, many people to confess.
It seems to me it is like alcohol. Some people dabble in it as a social drinker might to the point of occasionally going on a binge.
Others are addicts and have little or no impulse control when it comes to viewing it. Their electronic devices are like a bottle of booze that an skid row alcoholic keeps with him constantly as a companion.
Ultimately we can't give up hope that our society will find ways to censor it and remove it from the internet. But I don't think there is a will for this and even if there was a will, I don't think there is a way. I could be wrong.
Short of a miracle of deliverance from this scourge for our society and individuals hooked on it, what else can priests and parishes do? AA type groups for sexual addictions I think works for many. Preaching hell fire and damnation today might work for a few but not for too many anymore.
Many people leave the Church because they don't want the Church to meddle in their sex lives because it is so personal and something that brings them passing pleasure and release from stress and anxiety like any drug can do. They don't want that pleasure to be disrupted by guilty feelings the Church sometimes heaps upon them and so they leave.
WHAT ARE YOUR SOLUTIONS. WE KNOW THE PROBLEM. WE KNOW HOW TO WRING OUR HANDS OVER THE PROBLEM, BUT SOLUTIONS ARE SHORT. WHAT ARE YOURS?