Pornography & Addiction

  But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.

~Matthew 5: 28

Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes. 

By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. "Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action." "The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose." For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of "the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved." 

To form an equitable judgment about the subjects' moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability. 

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. 

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 2351, 2352 & 2354

 10 Myths About Pornography: Matt Fradd

YouTube Video: Matt Fradd speaks to an audience at the Franciscan University of Steubenville about pornography.
A link to Matt Fradd's Website and Apostolate: The Porn Effect

Beggar's Daughter Website

A website by Jessica Harris, Christian author and speaker on sexual addiction among women, sexual abuse, pornography use and prolonged singleness, among other related topics. There are many interesting articles about sex, written from a female perspective, to browse through and read on this site.


Catholic Answers staff and Matt Fradd respond to caller questions about pornography.

Chastity Project Website - Pornography

An excellent list of resources and information provided by the "Chastity Project" about pornography: videos, audio, Q&A, research, links, quotes, blog.

Covenant Eyes Software

This is a website that offers internet accountability software and filtering for those recovering from porn addiction and their families. The software is not free, but there are informational articles, and other resources on the website free of charge. This is such a great resource to help people with their recovery from porn addiction or even for families who would like to monitor their children's use of the internet.

How to Quit Porn

Father Mike Schmitz, of "Ascension Presents," discusses why we seek out porn and what we can do to quit.  

Integrity Restored

Free resources, including: videos, articles, and a free e-book titled, "5 Ways To Help Your Spouse Recover From Porn." This website is a great resource for helping couples and families recover from pornography use and its devastating consequences. 
"Our mission at Integrity Restored is to help restore the integrity of individuals, spouses, and families that have been affected by pornography and pornography addiction. Integrity Restored provides education, training, encouragement, and resources to break free from pornography, heal relationships, and to assist parents in preventing and responding to pornography exposure which is so devastating in the lives of our children. We are also a resource that trains and helps clergy in assisting families at the parish level, so that the domestic church truly becomes what it is, the human space in which we encounter Christ."

Pornography Help

Lists of resources from the John Paul 2 Centre for the New Evangelization.

Reclaim (God's Plan for) Sexual Health

RECLAiM Sexual Health offers a science-based, Catholic Online Recovery Program and other resources for those who desire to reclaim God's plan for their lives and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.

Resources for Pornography & Sexual Addiction - A list of many helpful resources on sexual addiction, pornography, accountability programs, and female sexual addiction. The Family Life Centre International is run by Steve Wood, Catholic convert and best-selling author. - Pornography Addiction Resources

Dave DiNuzzo Sr. is a Catholic husband, father of 4, author, blogger, evangelist, and retreat master.  He founded TrueManhood Men’s Ministry in an attempt to spread the concept of authentic masculinity in the image of Jesus Christ – the TrueMan.  TrueManhood works to teach virtue, while fighting pornography, and a term that Dave coined – “cultural manliness.”