Saturday, April 27, 2013

Libido Redux: Porn use at the University of Notre Dame


A recent Notre Dame campus survey revealed that attending A Catholic university does not serve as a shield against temptations of the world, flesh, and Devil. Fr King, Campus minister, wisely remarked,

“Pornography has grown as a problem as it has become increasingly prevalent and easier to access. It’s the nature of the temptation. The easier something is to get away with or rationalize, the harder it is to resist.” Fr. King noted that confession can help people “admit things, deal with them, and have a ‘prodigal son moment,’” but that some people may need more help. He added, “If it becomes addictive—and hopefully before it reaches that point—people need to be honest with themselves and become proactive the same way they would with an eating or alcohol issue… If it become habitual a person should seek counsel and help.”


 One hears often that the “liberation” of the human libido began in earnest in the United States in the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s. Americans, troubled over repressive attitudes toward human sexuality, hoped for a revolution that would free them from outdated moral and social constraints. It resulted not in liberation but in license and a host of societal sexual crises. Since the onset of the sexual revolution, we have had to face an ever-increasing array of sexual problems. One has only to think of the tremendous increase in the number of post-1960s illegitimate births and abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, opposition to censorship of pornography (especially on the Internet), and the resulting sexual addiction (in some extreme instances resulting in murder). Consider too the tremendous blows to marriage and the family done by adultery, the battle over the homosexual lifestyle in the United States, Canada and Europe (now to the point of the redefinition of marriage under the law); the increasing incidences of sexual harassment, child pornography on the Internet, Internet predators, date rape, and of course, the divorce rate. If one is worldly and hedonistic, Satan enters with temptations of the flesh! Pray that as he prowls about, seeking the ruin of souls,  we may resist him, solid in our faith. Following Fr. King's advise is a good start. ou might also check this out.