Pope Francis warns priests against the temptations of pornography | Religious News

“The devil enters through there”, warns the pontiff to the seminarians during a question and answer session.

Pope Francis has warned seminarians in Rome about the dangers of online pornography, calling it a temptation that “weakens the priestly heart”.

The pontiff answered a wide range of questions from priests and seminarians at length during a meeting at the Vatican on Monday. He spoke of reconciling science and faith and trying to live virtuously as one struggles with personal shortcomings.

Asked how best to use digital and social media to ‘share the joy of being a Christian’, the pope warned against obsessively watching the news and listening to music that distracts attention to his work before tackling a more carnal risk.

“And on this [subject]there is also another thing that you know well: digital pornography,” he said, according to the transcript of the question-and-answer session released by the Vatican on Wednesday.

“Each of you wonders if you have had the experience or the temptation of digital pornography. It is a vice that so many people have, so many lay people, so many lay women and even priests and nuns,” Francis said.

“And I’m not just talking about criminal pornography like child abuse, where you see abuse live – that’s degeneracy already – but more ‘normal’ pornography,” he said. he adds.

The Jesuit Pope has condemned pornography before, most recently in June when he called it a “permanent attack on the dignity of men and women”, saying it should be declared a “threat to public health”. .

Francis advised his audience to remove pornographic material from cell phones “so you don’t have temptation in your hands”.

“The devil gets in there,” he warned. This weakens the priestly heart.

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