Pornography

Pornography consists of visual and/or written depictions of sexuality designed to arouse the person viewing it. The Catholic Church opposes pornography not because it hates sex or the human body, but because it loves and cherishes those things and never wishes to see them abused. Pope John Paul II once remarked that, pornography isn’t wrong because it shows too much of the human being, but because it shows too little.

Pornography reduces us to piles of flesh whose only purpose is to satisfy our sexual needs and the needs of others. In particular, it turns women into sexual objects whose images are bought and sold (which are not far from their very persons being bought and sold).

Below you’ll find many resources that explain the Church’s teaching on this issue as well as ways to help break free from pornography addiction.