6 thoughts on “Pope John Paul II on Pornography

  1. Hi,

    I am a former Evangelical Protestant who converted to the Catholic Church just three years ago. I applaud you for posting this lucid summary of the Catholic view on human sexuality and the damage that pornography does to the dignity of the human person.

    My first exposure to pornography was at age 8, in my own home. For the next almost 30 years I would battle its pernicious hold on my life, often through prayer and fasting, Bible verse meditation, and being “accountable” to other Christian men. Although I lived as a committed Christian for much of this time, complete “victory” and cleansing alluded me. The culmination of its evil consequences resulted in many broken relationships and also contributed greatly to a failed marriage during my 20’s.

    Without wanting to be offensive to my non-Catholic brethren, I would like to briefly share how the fulness of the Christian Sacraments found in the Catholic Church have cleansed me from the evil’s of sexual unholiness. My reason for this is simply that the Catholic teaching found in your article is intended to realized within the holistic practice of the Catholic faith – which includes all 7 Catholic Sacraments and indeed devotion to the Blessed VIrgin Mary, the paragon of female virtue and purity.

    In the 3 years, since entering into the fulness of Catholic life through the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Marriage, I have enjoyed the sexual purity and victory that alluded me for most of life. Christ offers this wonderful provision to all!

    Pax Christi,


    • @Brian – Thanks for your comment! I was excited about posting this material because there have been so much good fruit flowing from the Theology of the Body movement in the Catholic church (and beyond).

  2. Dear Brothers,

    I happened on this site while searching for other great quotes on human sexuality from John Paul II.

    May the Lord bless the work of this ministry!

    My purpose in writing is to share with all of you a quote that was forwarded to me by a friend. I do not know who first said this, but it has borne abundant fruit in my life. The memory of our past sins, and the fact that sexual images naturally burn themselves into our minds can often be the worst weapon our enemy uses against us. This is a powerful remedy:

    “When we feel ourselves wounded by images of ‘carnal’ beauty, we should do what the Israelites did in the desert. As soon as they were bitten by poisonous snakes, if they ran to look at the bronze serpent lifted up by Moses, they were healed.

    “Without spending time trying to understand the why and the how in our day (which only gives time for the poison to spread), let us run to the cross or to an icon of the Transfiguration… and gaze upon it. The icon of Christ, and even more so the sacramental Host that contains him, exercises its sanctifying power even through simple sight, if it is accompanied by faith. Let the healing come to us in precisely the same way the wound came to us, that is, through our eyes!

    “Contemplation has therapeutic power and heals: It is a power for which we have a great need today, since images and entertainment have become the primary vehicle for the world’s ideology. The issue is not to avoid looking at anything but to choose what it is we look at.”

  3. What does pornography and prostitution say about the condition of the mind, the self worth, of the women who sell themselves? Does anybody care? What’s happening in a world where it has become among a lot of young women an achievement to be a porn star or to be “hot stuff”? What does it take to convince them that they have value beyond just their bodies?
    We need to change the distorted emphasis of sexuality only in our world today. Both men and women need to learn the value of a full complete relationship.

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