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The fact that society “accepts” something by no means signifies that that something is “acceptable”. A brief and even superficial glance at history reminds us of the ephemeral nature of public opinion. Simply put, the acceptance of pornography is not a neutral occurrence. Certain individuals made a decision, an evaluation, and diffused this evaluation on society.

As Christians, as men and women who consider themselves to be “in the world, but not of it,” we are urgently invited to put into question what our culture offers us. We have the responsibility to understand it and to judge it in the light of the Gospel. For this, we would like to post another excellent video produced by the “Fight the New Drug” initiative. Today’s video takes a look at the history and impact of porn in our society.


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The group describes the video as follows:

Huge events in history have a profound effect on today’s society. Individual choices define entire generations and eventually impact the entire world. Two generations ago, one invention led pornography to become almost completely accepted in society: the internet. Beginning in 1993, with this game-changing invention, our world became flooded with porn. But with the new science and research that is coming out daily on the real harms of pornography, we are now coming to realize what it is doing to individuals, their relationships, and society as a whole.



As a final comment, I would like to remind you that as Christians we are not called to be judges, but apostles. This means that it is absolutely unacceptable to merely critique our culture without any sincere and generous effort to evangelize it. In our present case, this means we can’t simply critique pornography, we need to understand what is really going on. We must ask ourselves: what are the men and women of our times looking for? What desires are swirling in their interiors?


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It is evident that pornogaphy is a distortion; still, it nevertheless does reveal a desire for love, for contact, for beauty, for communion, for intimacy. Let us, then, ask ourselves how we can help others to discover true instances of love, of contact, of beauty, of communion, of intimacy. This, of course, is only possible if we ourselves have discovered and lived these instances in our own personal lives. As always, only those who have encountered love can become authentic witnesses of love. Or, in other words, only saints can change the world.    

For more resources, we would recommend: 5 Levels of Beauty – A Different Approach to Talking about SexThe one side effect that of pornography that you have never heard aboutRussell Brand’s Sincerity Moment about Pornography and The Top 5 Ways that Pornography Can Ruin Lives.