2354 Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, 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.
It speaks as if the immersion in the illusion of a fantasy world is itself a bad thing. Is it? Didn’t people centuries ago likewise disapprove of fantasy? (Please distinguish between stories that could happen in this universe but haven’t, and stories that would require God to change our universe for them to actually occur. Isn’t this distinction important in distinguishing fantasy from fiction?)
If fantasy is intrinsically immoral, is it because it distracts us from reality, i.e. the gifts God has given us and the problems we must work to solve? If illusions and fantasies are not intrinsically immoral, then what does the Catechism mean here? Under what conditions does a fantasy become immoral? Do you think our fantasy could be brainstorming ideas for or games to play in heaven?