The Gaiety painting by Patrick Angus
New Yorkers and tourists to Manhattan before 2005
would remember this theater.
would remember this theater.
But Father! But Father! What about it's use as foreplay in marriage?
I always thought porn was a sin - a very grave sin - a mortal sin.
Good news, the US Bishop have issued a Pastoral Letter on Pornography and the breaking news headline appears to be: US Bishops say pornography use is a mortal sin. Hence my response, I always thought it was. Despite the fact TOB formulators have sometimes suggested that it's okay as fore-play in marriage. Which is creepy and ugly because pornography is not victim-less - the people who do porn - the 'actors' are dehumanized and exploited, and it also drives a burgeoning sex-slave business, not to mention sexual abuse of children. There is a lot of crime associated with the porn business. If anything is evil - it is the pornography industry.
The Bishops finally issue a statement on the evil business.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops approved a statement on pornography on the second day of their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore.
"Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God's forgiveness," says the draft version of "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography." "Those who produce and distribute pornography harm the common good by encouraging and even causing others to sin," it says.
The proposed statement, prepared by the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, adds, "There are many victims of pornography. ... All child pornography is automatically trafficking and a crime, because it involves the sexual exploitation of a minor for commercial gain and it is against the child's will due to the inability to give consent."
It noted, "Many people struggle with pornography use, including faithful Catholics, people of faith, people of no faith, married and single people, fathers and mothers, the young and the old, clergy and those in consecrated life." - CNS
As noted, people who 'struggle' with this vice span all the labels and categories of sinners and sexualities, but on some level it seems to me they/we are just as sinful and perverted as the worst sinner who preferred physical contact instead of virtual reality - of any sort. One could possibly even say we are all "Sodomites" if you will. We are all part of this "adulterous generation" - we've all drunk of the cup of the Whore of Babylon to various degrees.
Link to the pastoral letter:
Create in me a Clean Heart - A Pastoral Response. USCCB
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"Where does this poisonous harm fail to reach? And who fails to drink little or much from the golden chalice of the Babylonian woman of the Apocalypse? ...There is hardly anyone of high rank or low, saint or sinner, who does not drink of her wine, subjecting his heart somewhat. For as pointed out in Revelation 17:2-4, all the kings of the earth were inebriated with the wine of her prostitution. She reaches out to all states, even the supreme and illustrious state of the priesthood, bysetting her abominable cup in the holy place, as Daniel asserts [Dn. 9:27], and she hardly leaves a strong man who has not drunk a small or large quantity of wine from her chalice..." - John of the Cross, Ascent III, 22:4
Song for this post here.