Pope Benedict knows that this is the age of addiction | CatholicHerald

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Pope Benedict knows that this is the age of addiction | CatholicHerald.

Pardon the long quote.

“Benedict XVI is the first pontiff of the age of addiction – and he knows it. In almost all his speeches to young people he mentions illegal drugs: not just to condemn their use, but also to acknowledge their seductiveness.

During his visit to Britain, he told the youth of Scotland: “There are many temptations placed before you every day – drugs, money, sex, pornography, alcohol – that the world tells you will bring you happiness, yet these things are destructive and divisive.”

Note that the Pope lists drugs before all other addictions. This is deliberate. When making foreign trips he warns his young audiences about narcotics before listing other temptations. His anxiety about drug addiction has gone largely unnoticed by the media, but it crops up again and again. In Brazil in 2007, he visited a rehabilitation centre and praised the work of voluntary groups that rebuild lives drained of meaning by addictive substances.

This Pope does not often utter thunderous condemnations, but he makes an exception for drug dealers. “God will call you to account for your deeds,” he said this year in Mexico, in what amounted to a papal declaration of war on the country’s mighty cartels. Earlier, on the plane, he told journalists that it was the responsibility of the Church to “unmask the false promises, the lies, the fraud that is behind drugs”.”

” Pope Benedict often mentions pornography alongside other seductive dangers; he’s right to do so, but I wonder if he can begin to grasp the full devastating effect of hardcore videos on young people who, tragically, are beginning to model their first romantic encounters on the grotesque scenarios of digital erotica.

The epidemic of addictions is beginning to eat away at the neat distinction between addicts and non-addicts that we take for granted ….Pope Benedict is a prophetic figure in so many ways, and I believe he has worked this out. By offering the Gospel as an antidote to addiction he places it at heart of the disturbing changes that, as human beings with volatile appetites, we are too weak to resist through the exercise of solitary willpower.”

What a beautiful trait to have in a leader of all people; someone who understands the fall and consequent temptations facing humanity to indulge in hedonistic behavior… and who will be honest about their consequences on a person and their eternal fate.

May God grant grace to those struggling with addictions and place in their lives those who are able to help them when they realize they need it.

Viva il Papa!

The Teen Porn Epidemic…and what to do about it | Catholic Exchange

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The Teen Porn Epidemic…and what to do about it | Catholic Exchange.

“When Nathan started using internet pornography, he found that over time it somehow got less and less exciting. His daily routine soon included hours spent consuming porn, yet he had grown “almost numb to it,” he recalls. Like many men with addictions, he was discovering that the compulsive use of porn dulls the pleasure receptors of the brain, forcing them to seek ever-greater amounts of stimulation in a desperate quest for sexual satisfaction.

But Nathan was not yet a man. He was just twelve years old.”

Read the article for more information.

‘The Demise of Guys’: How video games and porn are ruining a generation –

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“Every compulsive gambler, alcoholic or drug addict will tell you that they want increasingly more of a game or drink or drug in order to get the same quality of buzz.

Video game and porn addictions are different. They are “arousal addictions,” where the attraction is in the novelty, the variety or the surprise factor of the content. Sameness is soon habituated; newness heightens excitement. In traditional drug arousal, conversely, addicts want more of the same cocaine or heroin or favorite food.”

“A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “regular porn users are more likely to report depression and poor physical health than nonusers are. … The reason is that porn may start a cycle of isolation. … Porn may become a substitute for healthy face-to-face interactions, social or sexual.””

Wow. In a secular news source, admitting this is a problem.  I’m impressed, but secretly devastated that the problem is so perverse that even CNN publicly acknowledges it.

Please reference THIS post for more information.

Woman recounts 11 year-old son’s nightmare addiction to Internet porn |

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Charlie’s mother wrote that she broke down the day she discovered the words “I am disgusting” written on the inside of his arm. She was shocked to learn the cause of her son’s personality change was pornography addiction, not drugs or drinking.

“An 11-year-old boy with no credit card had been able to access websites that presented every possible kind of perversion. Today’s pornography is vile beyond description,” she wrote. Scenes of violence, sadism, degradation of women and child abuse were common among the material stored on Charlie’s computer.

A major problem on many levels.

1) The child should not have had unfettered access to the internet.

2) The mother should have monitored her child’s online activity.

3) The parental blocks on the computer should have been on and stringent.

And as a side note, as tragic as this is, the mother cannot blame the government for her son’s pornography addiction.  They may have contributed to his ability to view it, but initial access was granted only when she put a computer in his room.