Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FW: Fighting the Scourge of Pornography


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Fighting the Scourge of Pornography

Dear m,
An important new tool in the war against pornography has been released by Anteroom Pictures. I'm referring to a brilliant documentary which ought to receive the widest possible distribution. See Pornography—or Persons as Objects. On a related matter, I've been on the lookout for some time for evidence that the Catholic orphanage system in the 19th and 20th century cannot simply be dismissed as a haven for pedophiles. The real story is far closer to what you would expect. See my review of Edward Rohs' new book, Growing Up in Catholic Orphanages.

Deep personal commitment is vitiated by both abuse and pornography. Interestingly, the Vatican newspaper has just reprinted the third part of On the Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried , issued by the CDF under Cardinal Ratzinger in 1998. This deals with the objections against the Church's policies: The Pastoral Approach to Marriage Should Be Founded on Truth.

Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg has also called attention to the threats to religious liberty in President Obama's new health care plan. (One wonders how many of these attacks stem from an essentially pornographic understanding of human sexuality.) See Bishop Lynch's recent address: Health Care Law May "Thwart" Both Your Religious Liberty and Your Freedom of Conscience Protection.

In this context, one does not wish to ignore the Feast of Saint Ambrose tomorrow, the great Bishop of Milan who baptized Saint Augustine when he was ready to leave his sensual attachments behind.

But of course the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, a holy day of obligation, is even more relevant. Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception in Ineffabilis Deus on December 8, 1854.

I know not everyone can take this day off from work, but I hope you will make a point of treating it as the great feast that it is!

Jeff Mirus
Trinity Communications

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