Q. 1. What does the Catholic Church teach about pornography?
A. 1. First of all, it should be said that the Catholic Church teaches that the human body should be respected. Therefore, it opposes pornography as an assault to human dignity.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, under the "The Sixth Commandment," we read:
# 2354 "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."
Pornography is an addiction. The more you feed it, the more you want. It dulls the senses to the point where the abnormal life of fantasies because one's reality. Pornography harms relationships and especially marriages. It is regarded as sinful and therefore harmful to the soul and its eternal salvation.