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What Catholics Need to Know About Pornography

What Catholics Need to Know About Pornography via @ACatholicNewbie

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There is no doubt that pornography is an epidemic in our culture. It’s become so commonplace that most of society sees it as no big deal. I was one of those a few years ago. What did it hurt if someone looked at a few images in the privacy of their own home?

After reading so much more about this issue since converting to Catholicism, I understand what it’s bad for individuals … and bad for society. Here’s what I think Catholics need to know about pornography:

  • Pornography removes the purpose of God’s plan for sexual intimacy. What was that plan? Procreation. Sure, he wants us to enjoy the uniting of one man and one woman, which is why sex is inherently good and pleasurable, but it must be used as God intended. Pornography displays sex as simply for the act itself, as a way to derive as much pleasure from the act as we can while divorcing it from its real purpose, which is to bring life into the world between ONE man and ONE woman who are committed to one another. By watching continued pornography, your view of sex is skewed and you reduce the chances of having a normal sexual relationship with your current or future spouse. When you divorce sex from the creation of life, it has lost its meaning and its purpose and becomes disordered.
  • Pornography harms those involved. The people you are watching who are involved in these acts are not being treated as God’s children, with dignity, value and fairness. They are being used as a vessel for or a means to another’s pleasure. They are likely not being paid fairly or treated nicely. Pornography is a big business and some greedy person on the other end of the camera is the one who is abusing others and deriving all the monetary benefits. You are only furthering that evil and greed by participating as a viewer.
  • Pornography greatly harms children. Pornography is everywhere and our children are coming across it in droves. It harms them SO much. They immediately misunderstand what sex is about. They see it as simply a means to pleasure and they will not understand all the disordered sexual activities they witness that others use to bring about worldly pleasure for themselves. I recently learned that one of my kiddos had seen pornography — on YouTUBE, which is not supposed to have graphic material — and it had a tremendous impact on him. I am so sad that I will never be able to undo what he has seen, those visuals forever in his brain and the impact it will have on him as a man. We must get rid of pornography parading about in nearly every medium, free, uncensored and easy to access.
  • It’s a temptation – Viewing pornography is a temptation to sin, just like any other temptation: gossiping, stealing, lying. To avoid falling prey to this temptation, we must remove it from our lives. I always teach my children that if you are tempted by something, don’t put it in front of you. If it’s not there, you can’t act on it. Shopaholic? Don’t go shopping. Tell your spouse you have decided not to view pornography any more for accountability and hold to it. Place a filter like Net Nanny (they offer a 14-day free trial) on all devices both for  your kids and YOU. It will hold you accountable and keep you from viewing things you should not. Place computers in public areas of your home, knowing you won’t view objectionable material in front of your family. If you fall, resolve not to do it again, go to confession to seek forgiveness and try, try again.
  • There IS help – You are far from alone in battling this temptation, and plenty of great Catholic programs exist to help you overcome the desire to view pornography. There are so many people who suffer from this in silence that we may never know. Here are some outstanding resources to get started:

If you view pornography, today is day one to stop. First, acknowledge and understand why it is a problem and then begin the process of getting help to stop. Let us pray for everyone who is tempted by pornography and especially our children who have been exposed!

5 Ways to Participate in the March for Life from Home

5 Ways to Participate in March for Life from Home via @ACatholicNewbie

Teresa Tomeo with Catholic Daughters of America

With blizzard-like weather predictions, it seems many will be missing the March for Life rally Jan. 22. While it’s disappointing not to be there to show your support and make your voice heard in person, there are still lots of ways to join in from home. I’ve got 5 ways you can participate in the efforts to respect and preserve all life from birth to natural death right here:

  1. Pray! This is probably the most important way you can help the pro life movement from your home. Pray for:
    • a successful event
    • good weather
    • the speakers, journalists and reporters who will be braving the weather and sharing the stories from the ground
    • for safe travels for all those traveling to and from the event
    • that politicians will not just hear, but listen, and have their hearts opened to the sacredness of life
    •  that God will transform the hearts of many as the result of this event
    • for those considering an abortion that they will choose life
    • for healing for those who have had an abortion
  2. Watch or listen to the coverage on EWTN television or radio – If you can’t be there in person and want to see the event from start to finish, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is your solution. EWTN will be covering the March for Life in Washington, DC all day long, beginning at 9 a.m., including the opening mass on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET. EWTN Global Catholic Radio, which is also on Sirius 130, will also be covering the March. You’ll feel just like you are there, except you won’t be as cold or as snow covered :).
  3. Tweet, post and pin! Help get the word out about the sacredness of life to all those on social media. Let’s take over the social media world for the day of January 22 and show the world how many people care about the sacredness of life. Follow @March_for_Life, @TeresaTomeo & @EWTN on social media for live coverage, photos and videos of the event. Use hashtags as follows to join in the conversation:
    • #MFL2016
    • March for Life
    • #ProLifeProWoman
    • #ProLifeGen
    • #YouthforLife
    • #Youth4life
    • #RighttoLife
    • #DefundPP
    • #ProLifeYouth
    • #Life
    • #LetLifeWin
    • #EWTNRocksMFL
    • #SavetheBabies
    • #WhyWeMarch
    • #savethebabies
    • #prolife
    • #righttolife
    • #StandupforLife
  4. Support Pro-Life efforts – Could you make a donation to your favorite pro-life organization on Jan. 22? Or purchase a pro-life book like the new “Abolishing Abortion” by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life or support EWTN in thanks for the coverage they are offering?
  5. Take Action – Now that you’ve seen all the people who believe in life, are you ready to do your part in the campaign to end abortion? March for Life offers some concrete steps you can take immediately, including prayer outside abortion clinics, writing your legislator, spearheading pro-life efforts in your parish and more.

Will you be watching the March for Life from home this year or will you be attending? Let me know!

Tweet These Companies that Support Planned Parenthood

 

Twitter Accounts for Companies who Support Planned Parenthood via @ACatholicNewbie

Not only should the U.S. government defund Planned Parenthood, we must reach out to companies that we frequent and demand they stop funding Planned Parenthood, as well.

By all means, send them emails and letters! But I think the easiest action you can start with is to bombard them on Twitter. I’ve compiled a partial list of Twitter accounts for the most well-known companies compiled by eVALUEator that support Planned Parenthood and drafted a sample tweet for you. All you have to do is copy and paste the tweet and fill in the name of the Twitter account of the company you are contacting.

Acccording to eVALUEator, a company that assists financial professionals to help their clients match their moral convictions, Planned Parenthood is 50 percent funded by the government and 25 percent funded from corporate sponsorship. They warn that many of these companies may be part of your retirement plans and they are listed on the S&P 500 and Fortune 500. So be aware and make sure you are not supporting them as an investor!

According to eVALUEator, the companies on their list have given corporate donations or sponsored an event within the last five years. This list comes from eVALUEator’s proprietary database, which has been developed over the past 20 years to get a clear picture of how companies employ their corporate assets.  eVALUEator says it seeks to: “remove all funding associated with abortion, abortifacients, fetal-tissue research, and all endeavors that seek to destroy human life.”

Let’s encourage these companies to stop funding abortions and the sale of baby body parts and let them know that otherwise, they will lose the support of the huge numbers of Christians!

Click this link to tweet the below (just change out @HomeDepot — or @Adobe) with the Twitter account of the company you are targeting):

Tweet: Stop funding #PlannedParenthood, @HomeDepot! #ChristiansUnite #DefundPP #PPSellsBabyParts

  • Adobe – @Adobe & @AdobeCare
  • Anheuser-Busch – @anheuserbusch
  • AOL – @AOL
  • Bank of America – @BankofAmerica @BOfA_Help
  • Bayer AG – @Bayer
  • Charles Schwab Foundation – @CharlesSchwab @SchwabService #OwnYourTomorrow – They contacted me to note their funding is through matching funds of employees who select Planned Parenthood as a charity (8/6).
  • Chevron – @Chevron
  • CIGNA – @CIGNA @CIGNAQuestions
  • Coca Cola Company – @CocaCola (They have now said they will no longer fund Planned Parenthood)
  • Daimler AG – @Daimler
  • eBay Inc – @EBay @AskeBay
  • Eli Lilly and Company – @EliLillyCo @LillyPad
  • Ernst & Young – @EYNews
  • Estee Lauder – @EsteeLauder
  • Freddie Mac – @FreddieMac
  • Fannie Mae – @FannieMae
  • Gap Inc. – @GapInc
  • GE – @GeneralElectric
  • GlaxoSmithKline – @GSK @GSKUS #GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs – @GoldmanSachs
  • Hillshire Brands – @HillshireBrands @TysonFoods #HillshireFoods
  • Home Depot – @HomeDepot #LetsdoThis – Come on @HomeDepot #DefundPlannedParenthood. #LetsDoThis ! #PPSellsBabyParts
  • Johnson & Johnson – @JNJCares (do you really?) @JNJParents @JNJNews
  • JPMorgan Chase – @JPMorgan
  • Laboratory Corp of America – @LabCorp
  • Lions Gate Entertainment – @LionsgateMovies
  • Macy’s – @Macys
  • Marriott International – @Marriott #travelBrilliantly
  • McKesson Corporation – @McKesson
  • Meredith Corporation – @MeredithCorp
  • New York Times Company – @NYTimes
  • Nike – @Nike #JustDoIt – Come on @Nike! STOP funding #PlannedParenthood! #JustDoIt #PPSellsBabyParts
  • Office Depot – @OfficeDepot
  • Playboy Enterprises – @Playboy
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers – @pwc_llp
  • Procter & Gamble – @ProcterGamble @PGEveryday @PGBeauty #ProcterGamble
  • Southwest Airlines – @SouthwestAir #SouthwestHeart – Show some #heart @SouthwestAir! Stop funding #PlannedParenthood @SouthwestAir #SouthwestHeart
  • Staples – @Staples #MakeMoreHappen
  • Starbucks – @Starbucks
  • Tenet Healthcare – @TenetHealth
  • Tiffany & Co – @tiffanyandco
  • Time Warner – @TWC @TWC_Help
  • Tripadvisor – @TripAdvisor
  • Unilever – @Unilever #SustLiving
  • UPS – @UPS
  • Verizon – @Verizon @VerizonNews @VerizonSupport
  • Walt Disney Company – @Disney @WaltDisneyWorld
  • Wells Fargo & Co – @WellsFargo @WellsFargoNews @Ask_WellsFargo
  • Whole Foods Market – @WholeFoods

Let’s show them what we believe in and get them to stop funding this terrible organization! There is power in numbers!

 

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