I am in RCIA and had my first confession today. I am not a huge expert on the teachings of marriage and sexuality but this really bothered me when he told me this. He said it is sinful to view pornography alone but it is alright to watch with your spouse for excitement provided that it ends in having intercourse.
Can someone tell me if this statement is correct? I have always been taught that pornography is immoral and sinful and for a married couple to watch pornography together is like inviting other people into your marriage bed. I would think this would fall under looking at another woman in lust who is not your wife. Also I can’t imagine that it would be a good thing to support or give money to any type of pornographic industry to help it thrive. Isn’t that in some roundabout way condoning men and women to sell their bodies?
The Catechism was really vague on the topic all I could find was this section which seems to back up what I have been taught.
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."
Can anyone shed some light on the subject and let me know if I am wrong? This is a priest that I highly respect and was completely floored when he said that.