Bishop’s letter on porn still relevant

By: Natalie Plumb

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of Bishop Loverde’s release of Bought with a Price. On St. Joseph’s feast day of last year, this letter “could not come at a more appropriate time,” writes author and speaker Matt Fradd.

“In today’s pornographic culture, Bought with a Price is mandatory reading for every man and parent,” Matthew Kelly says. “To ignore its call to protect the home and the heart is to leave our children vulnerable to a real and present evil.”

You can purchase Bought with a Price on Amazon Kindle here, or via our order form on the Arlington Diocese website here, which also hosts a slew of porn recovery websites.

This article originally appeared in the Arlington Catholic Herald.

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By: Dave Borowski, Catholic Herald Staff Writer

It’s been eight years since Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde issued “Bought with a Price,” his pastoral letter on pornography. In 2006, the bishop called pornography a plague that “stalks the souls of men, women and children, ravages the bonds of marriage and victimizes the most innocent among us.”

Public reaction to the first release was positive, with hundreds of letters and emails from clergy and individuals around the country.

“I would like to take a few moments to express my sincere thanks for the time and thought you put into writing ‘Bought with a Price,’” wrote a man from Louisiana, who went on to form a small group of men to study the bishop’s letter.

A Nebraska man wrote: “I am writing to express my immense gratitude to Bishop Loverde for writing this hard-hitting, methodical and truly pastoral letter regarding the issue of pornography.”

But in the years since the letter’s release, studies suggest that pornography use is as pervasive as ever. According to Covenant Eyes, an Internet accountability software company, the porn industry generates $13 billion each year in the United States.

The updated pastoral

“Since the scourge of pornography not only continues but, in fact, is intensifying within our culture, I thought it best to reissue my earlier pastoral letter ‘Bought With A Price,’” said Bishop Loverde. “However, this reissuance now has additional resources and takeaways plus a study guide and a plan of life. All these are designed to assist better anyone who is struggling and seeking to be freed of this pervasive enslavement.”

Matt Fradd speaks around the country about the evils of pornography for Covenant Eyes and was asked to write the foreword for the new edition.

In a phone interview, Fradd said that the bishop’s letter “was articulate and compelling. It was an honest look at the problem.”

When Fradd was 8 years old he happened upon a relative’s hoard of porn in a shed.

“It’s almost quaint,” he said, comparing his experience with the availability of online porn now. “The Internet made porn accessible, anonymous and affordable. Use skyrocketed.”

In his foreword, Fradd writes, “This new edition of ‘Bought with a Price,’ then, could not have come at a more critical time.”

“Never before have so many Americans been so tempted to view pornography,” writes the bishop. “Never before have the accountability structures — to say nothing of the defenses which every society must build to defend the precious gift of her children — been so weak.”

Click here to continue reading this Arlington Catholic Herald article.

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