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True Freedom: Winning the Battle Against Pornography  


True Freedom Anti-Pornography Initiative materials

If you would like the electronic files of any of these materials to use within your parish or school, please contact Kim Quatela at kimberly.quatela@archny.org.

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WEBSITES

Offering information, help, and guidance in regards to resisting pornography use

Please note that these sites are not affiliated with the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York. We provide this information solely for your information. We are not responsible for, nor do we endorse, their policies, the views they express, the products and services they offer, or the content of their materials or websites.

Catholic websites

  • www.theporneffect.com: A Catholic online community which offers support and encouragement to those affected by sexual sin

    • Click here to read an article about the founder of www.theporneffect.com and how this young man overcame his addiction to pornography
       

  • www.dads.org: The official website for St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers

  • www.unityrestored.com: Using porn? Know someone using porn? There is help
     

  • www.maritalhealing.com: The official website of the Institute for Marital Healing
     

  • www.familylifecenter.net: The official website for Family Live Center International
     

  • www.fathersforgood.org: A parenting website sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
     

  • www.pornnomore.com: A Catholic website with information, prayers, and witness talks for those  struggling with pornography
     

  • www.loveisfaithful.com/: My House Mission from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas:  An initiative aimed at fostering the virtue of chastity by building awareness of the effects of pornography in society, offering support and healing for those harmed by it, and educating Catholics on what they can do to protect their families from its influence.

    ~Click here to watch the My House video put together by the Colorado Spring diocese
     

  •  http://www.catholictherapists.com/: Catholic therapists offering counseling that is consistent with church teaching
     

  • http://www.theologyofthebody.net/: The online resource for John Paul II's Theology of the Body
     

  • www.WhoDoesItHurt.com: Inspiring new website from Matthew Fradd in Ireland, who is a Catholic man with a passion for sexual integrity

Christian websites

  • www.pornharms.com: A vast collection of peer-reviewed research on the harm of pornography
     

  • www.settingcaptivesfree.com: A Christian website addressing many addictions, including pornography
     

  • www.focusonthefamily.com: A website that provides Christian resources for parenting
     

  • www.freedomeveryday.org: A site sponsored by L.I.F.E. Ministries (Living in Freedom Everyday), a sexual addiction        recovery ministry
     

  • www.thekingsmen.us: The mission of this organization is, as men, to pledge to unite and build up other men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation and action
     

  • www.trueknights.org: The confraternity of Christian husbands, fathers, and sons
     

  • http://somebodysdaughter.org/: A Journey To Freedom From Pornography
     

  • http://www.shelleylubben.net/: Shelley Lubben is an ex porn star loving people out of porn.  She s a wife and mother, ordained Chaplain and missionary to the sex industry, fighter for truth and advocate for sex workers and porn performers who are abused by the adult industry.
     

  • http://www.thepinkcross.org/page/what-pink-cross: "Where addicts get help and porn stars find hope";  founded by a former porn actress, this is a website for those trapped in the pornography industry or who want to see how UN-glamorous this lifestyle is

Secular websites

  • www.socialcostsofpornography.com: Presented by the Witherspoon Institute, this website features the consultation on "The Social Costs of Pornography" where leading experts in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, sociology, law, and political theory present a rigorously argued overview of the problem of pornography in our society and to make recommendations (includes videos from recent conference about these studies)
     

  • CNN Video ~ Has Porn Hijacked Sexuality?: Author and sociologist Gail Dines says that internet porn may be changing the way people think of their own sexuality.
     

  • www.familysafemedia.com: A website that provides resources for protecting your family online
     

  • www.nationalcoalition.org: A website for the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families which promotes decency and family life

Materials in Spanish

Internet filters, accountability software, and media safety

CATHOLIC CDs and DVDs

  • "The Pornography Plague and the Path to Christian Purity," CD- Jeff Cavins http://www.ascensionpress.com/
     
  • "Winning the Battle for Sexual Purity," CD- (A Talk For Men) Christopher West (also on DVD). http://www.christopherwest.com/
     
  • "Face the Darkness, Illuminate the Night," brand new, comprehensive DVD series on porn. Includes interviews with Christopher West. http://www.theologyofthebody.net/
     
  • "Cybersex and the Priesthood--Sex, Shame, Addiction," CD- Fr. Stephen Rossetti, PhD, D. Min. http://www.albahouse.org/
     
  • "The Interior Gaze--A Remedy for Pornovision and Lust"--Byzantine Catholic priest and artist, Fr. Thomas Loya, demonstrates through design and art how to "see" the beauty of the human body as God intended http://www.theologyofthebody.net/
     
  • "Pure of Heart: Breaking Free from Porn", CD- Jason Evert
     

BOOKS

  • The Courage to Be Chaste by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR. A modern classic with many practical tips.
     
  • Boys to Men by Tim Gray and Curtis Martin
     

  • Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West
     

  • Every Man’s Battle, Every Young Man’s Battle and Preparing your Son for Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
     

  • Breaking Free: 12 Steps to Sexual Purity by Stephen Wood
     

  • Be a Man! by Larry Richards
     
  • Pure Manhood by Jason Evert
     
  • Pure Womanhood by Crystalina Evert
     
  • Hope After Betrayal: Healing When Sexual Addiction Invades Your Marriage by Meg Wilson
     
  • Treating Pornography Addiction: The Essential Tool for Recovery by Ph.D. Kevin B. Skinner
     
  • Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes
     
  • Love, Marriage & ...Pornography? by Robert Borys:  The booklet is a great resource for those preparing for marriage, for those already married and for anyone interested in knowing about the harmful effects of Internet pornography on relationships, love, family and marriage.  This booklet and other products can be purchased at www.ccaparents.com.  (Discounts are available for churches).
     

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BISHOP'S STATEMENTS ON THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY

RECENT ARTICLES ON THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY

KEY FINDINGS ON THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY (from Patrick Fagan's article)...

  • Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives. Wives notice and are upset by the difference.

  • Pornography use is a pathway to infidelity and divorce, and is frequently a major factor in these family disasters.

  • Among couples affected by one spouse's addiction, two-thirds experience a loss of interest in sexual intercourse.

  • Prolonged consumption of pornography by men produces stronger notions of women as commodities or as "sex objects."

(excerpts above; full article maybe found here on the USCCB Website; and here en Espanol) Theresa Notare, PhD, is the Assistant Director of the NFP Program, Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  To learn more on how pornography harms marriage and to read other marriage building articles, visit www.ForYourMarriage.org.

"At a family party one of my relatives, a wife and mother, made an outrageous statement.  She said there is “nothing wrong with Playboy magazine.”  She actually called it “innocent.”  I had to spend the rest of our conversation helping her understand that pornography—any pornography—is not only wrong, but a potential marriage breaker..."
           
"The escalating use of pornography on the Internet reveals that we are in troubled waters.  About 1.5 billion pornographic downloads occur each month from “peer to peer” file-sharing websites; 2.5 billion pornographic e-mails are sent each day; and online pornographic products and services are sold for $2.84 billion dollars annually in the United States.  Most of this traffic is conducted by men..." 

"Spouses need to safeguard their union and reject anything, like pornography, that will compromise their love  They must strive to love each other well—reverently, joyfully, and yes, passionately, always in the light of God’s loving embrace.... "

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