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I thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfil their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way. The Synod’s reflections show us that there is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems. The situations that concern us are challenges. We should not be trapped into wasting our energy in doleful laments, but rather seek new forms of missionary creativity. In every situation that presents itself, “the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope… The great values of marriage and the Christian family correspond to a yearning that is part and parcel of human existence.”
- Pope Francis, AMORIS LÆTITIA (The Joy of Love), Chapter 57


Anti-Pornography

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS RESOURCES

 
 
 
CREATE – IN ME A – CLEAN HEART: A PASTORAL RESPONSE TO PORNOGRAPHY

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"The audience of this statement is broad because pornography affects so many people’s lives and requires a collaborative, concentrated effort by all of us to counter its harms. The statement itself is addressed primarily to parents, clergy, diocesan and parish leaders, educators, mental health professionals, and all those in positions to help protect children from pornography and heal the men, women, and young people who have been harmed by its use. We also hope the statement will be helpful for men, women, and young people who themselves view pornography, whether occasionally or habitually, or who have been victimized by pornography.” Introduction from CREATE – IN ME A – CLEAR HEART.
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A Helpful Resource Website brought to you by the USCCB.  This site lists multiple resources to inform and assist you on multiple topics affecting your marriage, including how to address pornography addiction in your marriage.


http://www.foryourmarriage.org/help-for-men-and-women-struggling-with-pornography-use-or-addiction

 

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

VIRTUS BULLETIN: PORNOGRAPHIC CONSUMING OUR CHILDREN BY LUKE GILKERSON

Pornography Consuming Our Children (PDF)

CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART SERIES​​​​ PAMPHLETS


Create In Me A Clean Heart

The abridged version of the USCCB statement Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography (2015) provides an accessible, easy-to-understand distillation of the bishops’ message of hope and healing to those who struggle with pornography use and addiction. This pamphlet explains the Church’s teaching on pornography, how pornography use affects various people in society, and what can be done to help. This is a good resource for adult faith formation, RCIA classes, chastity courses, and so on.





Raising Chaste Children In A Pornography World

One of the most difficult challenges parents face today is helping their children navigate a culture where pornography is more accessible than ever before. In the pamphlet “Raising Chaste Children in a Pornographic World,” Internet safety expert Ryan Foley gives five tried-and-true strategies for helping children grow in the virtue of chastity in the midst of a challenging environment. This is a good resource for all Catholic parents and grandparents, as well as for those who work with children in school and parish settings.




Pornography's Effects on Marriage and Hope for Married Couples

Pornography use within a marriage can have devastating effects, causing betrayal, deep hurt, and broken trust. In the pamphlet “Pornography’s Effects on Marriage and Hope for Married Couples,” counselor Sam Meier and his wife Beth share their hopeful story along with practical tips for healing marriages from pornography. This is a good resource for married couples, engaged couples, and those who minister to couples and families.






The Role OF Priests In Ministry to Those Who Struggle with Pornography

Priests are well aware of the harm that pornography use and addiction has on the Catholic faithful. In the pamphlet “The Role of Priests in Ministry to Those Who Struggle with Pornography,” psychologist Fr. David Songy offers wise counsel for how priests can be spiritual fathers to men and women in these circumstances, including advice on what to say when the topic of pornography comes up in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This resource is intended for priests and some content is also applicable to deacons.





"Wash Me Thoroughly": Healing from Pornography Use and Addiction

Many people today struggle with pornography use or addiction: men, women, young people; married people, singles, clergy, and so on. It is a challenging problem to overcome, but there is always hope. In the pamphlet “ ‘Wash Me Thoroughly’: Healing from Pornography Use and Addiction,” counselor Daniel Spadaro provides concrete strategies for breaking free from pornography. This is a good resource to have available in the parish church or school, perhaps in a discreet location, and would also be good for adult faith formation, RCIA classes, parent education, and young adult ministry.


ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES

NATIONAL CENTER ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

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​Official website of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE),  providing access to invaluable resources through its website for those who struggle with pornography, and their families. NCOSE also maintains a research website that compiles peer-reviewed data on the public health crisis of pornography.
                                                                                                                         
http://endsexualexploitation.org
INTEGRITY RESTORED​
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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.                                                                                                              

http://integrityrestored.com
​FIGHT THE NEW DRUG
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A grassroots, youth oriented, non-religious, non-legislative, non-profit
organization dedicated to raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography.                                                                                                                   

http://fightthenewdrug.org
​COVENANT EYES
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​Covenant Eyes is the pioneer of Internet Accountability software, empowering members to maintain their online integrity.  Aware of an ever-growing need to better equip parents, Covenant Eyes has developed a family Internet filter that restricts usage based on parental controls.                                                                                                               

http://www.covenanteyes.com
 
 
 

Domestic Violence

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOIC BISHOPS RESOURCES

WHEN I CALL FOR HELP: A PASTORAL RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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"As pastors of the Catholic Church in the United States, we state as clearly and strongly as we can that violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form"—physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal"—is sinful; often, it is a crime as well. We have called for a moral revolution to replace a culture of violence. We acknowledge that violence has many forms, many causes, and many victims—men as well as women.”
 
In this update of our 1992 statement, we again express our desire to offer the Church's resources to both the women who are abused and the men who abuse. Both groups need Jesus' strength and healing.
 
 
 
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides crisis intervention and referrals to local service providers.
 
Call (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3224 (TTY).
For more information, go to www.thehotline.org.
Hotline Advocates are available to chat online, Monday to Friday, 9AM-7PM CST​
 

ORGANIZATIONS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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​The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. October 16 through 22, 2016 for the National Week of Action
 
 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS PROJECT

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The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated. The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance.
 
 


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