Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“I believe I am addicted to porn”



In 1972 Pope Paul VI stated of the Devil:

....He is the malign, clever seducer who knows how to make his way into us through the senses, the imagination and the libido....

I am fond of citing contemporary examples of how the Holy Spirit Guided Paul VI in his many true predictions concerning the reality of spiritual war in contemporary society:

From the First Things Blog:

Few of us can imagine or understand the depravity of Ariel Castro’s heart. Castro is the Cleveland man who recently was arrested for kidnapping, raping, and imprisoning three women for over a decade. He impregnated the women he held captive and beat one of them until she miscarried. Ariel Castro is obviously sick, obviously broken, obviously enslaved by the forces of chaos and evil in a way that few of us have ever witnessed.

Ariel Castro belongs in prison. Last week, he was sentenced to serve more than one thousand years. But despite the depths of his depravity, when Castro stood shackled in a Cleveland courtroom, he confessed a common American problem. “I believe I am addicted to porn,” he said, “to the point where I am impulsive, and I just don’t realize that what I am doing is wrong.”

Pastors everywhere have heard those words before. Probably many times. Pornographic addiction is powerful, destructive, and all too typical. Ariel Castro’s addiction is no excuse for his actions, but it points to a deep and sobering reality: Free, anonymous, and ubiquitous access to pornography is quietlytransforming American men and American culture. If you are uncomfortable with your own use of pornography, visit here.