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* When Christ said "any man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart," He made it clear that chastity—and unchastity—does not begin with what we do, but rather in what we think. Therefore, deliberately seeking such stimulation outside a committed marriage, even via the imagination, constitutes a sin against [[chastity]].<ref>[http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/sexuality/se0051.html Banishing Unchaste Thoughts]</ref>
 
Christ makes clear in this passage that there is no such thing as "safe, healthy use of pornography." ''Any''''' viewing of pornography is neither safe nor healthy. There is no such thing as "manageable viewing of pornography" or "viewing of pornography that Jesus considers OK; it's just normal development." Christ makes it very clear: Any person who views pornographic images, for any length of time, has committed a very serious sin. Even fleetingly, even occasionally, the sin is EXTREMELY serious.
Pornographic images have been proliferating at a remarkable rate. What was a $5 million-a-year enterprise merely 25 years ago has boomed to a $7 billion to $10 billion-a-year industry today... the fastest growing sectors of the industry are pornographic DVDs, cable television, and phone sex. Pornography is no longer confined to the seedier sections of town. With the advent of the Internet, it has become readily available to all, including children, and in the privacy of our own homes.<ref>[http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=759 Censorship or Education?]</ref>
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