Pornography is contrary to charity because it distorts the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials. (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2354).

The family and friends of a person using pornography endure the agony of watching them turn away from the authentic love that could be theirs.

Those who view pornography will find the road to freedom requires spiritual healing.

Learn more about help and resources if you or a loved one struggle with pornography or get involved with local advocacy and education efforts.

Read a pastoral letter on pornography by Bishop Paul S. Loverde.