Mortal sin & pornography


#1

does anyone consider watching pornography a mortal sin and if you do why is it


#2

But I say this to you, if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 5:28


#3

[quote="pete5555, post:1, topic:227460"]
does anyone consider watching pornography a mortal sin and if you do why is it

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well first off your objectifying another human being.....which of course is the worst of all sins (ehh well one of them at least ;) ) Your looking at another human being for your own selfish pleasure. Pornography is a great evil, it's degrading to all participants whether male or female, and harmful to one's spiritual life. Pray and seek Confession...if your Catholic. If not then keep praying :D


#4

It depends.

First things first. You cannot have a mortal sin without grave matter. The Church has said in the Catechism that pornogoraphy is: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.

and is grave matter because it is an offense against chastity and thus violates the 6th Commandment.

Now that we now it is grave matter, you must know that it is grave matter to meet the 2nd condition of a mortal sin.

Lastly, we have to judge if the will was engaged freely.

Now to your question: It depends.If you are freely and deliberately watching pornography knowing that the Church considers it grave matter (even if you don't personally agree with it) then it is a mortal sin IMHO.

If you are watching it for some other reason (e.g. if you are a police officer watching a DVD to determine if there is any child pornography contained within) then it is not a mortal sin IMHO.
As you can see there are a number of variables, so like all potential mortal sins it is next to impossible to give a cut and dry "yes/no" answer.

What do you think?


#5

I can’t believe that anyone would seriously ask this question! Anyone who doesn’t consider watching pornography to be a mortal sin has a seriously defective conscience.

If the OP doesn’t want to think it is a mortal sin, he needs to stop fooling himself.


#6

The OP asked a fair question, no need to get judgmental on him. He didn’t give his opinion nor say that he has ever viewed it. And yes it is believable that some people can be confused about porn. For example there are protestant “mega churches” out there and some doctors that recommend porn tapes as marital aids or all things.

Porn absolutely can be a mortal sin as can using ABC, missing mass on purpose (sunday or holy day), murder, refusing the marriage debt, getting drunk on purpose and a number of other things.

If you can’t believe anybody would ask this question, here is a rather common example - a young man who was first exposed to porn at say age 10-12 by an older brother,“friend” or even a father, becomes addicted very easily as he goes thru puberty. He grows up ashamed of himself and with extremely low self-esteem. He then at some point has the courage to ask for help on a religious website…


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#7

[quote="whm, post:6, topic:227460"]
The OP asked a fair question, no need to get judgmental on him. He didn't give his opinion nor say that he has ever viewed it. And yes it is believable that some people can be confused about porn. For example there are protestant "mega churches" out there and some doctors that recommend porn tapes as marital aids or all things.

Porn absolutely can be a mortal sin as can using ABC, missing mass on purpose (sunday or holy day), murder, refusing the marriage debt, getting drunk on purpose and a number of other things.

If you can't believe anybody would ask this question, here is a rather common example - a young man who was first exposed to porn at say age 10-12 by an older brother,"friend" or even a father, becomes addicted very easily as he goes thru puberty. He grows up ashamed of himself and with extremely low self-esteem. He then at some point has the courage to ask for help on a religious website....

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I'd have to agree with you....I never knew it was wrong until I learned that the Catholic Church said it was a mortal sin.


#8

Great post. When I returned to my faith, I was very surprised by many things that were considered mortal sins. I went through a period of denial before accepting that I was wrong and the Church is right.


#9

Just today listened to a couple of great podcasts on purity....

alabamacatholicresources.com/Purity.html

The ones on Modesty of the Eyes and Sins of Lust. Also heard one a while ago about how pornography hijacks the male brain, but can't remember where I found that one.


#10

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