Tech Talk: Archdiocese Pushes Back against Porn

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Tech Talk with Lisa Hendey/Son Rise Morning Show (CatholicMom.com)

On today’s episode of the Son Rise Morning Show, we discussed an initiative in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to pray and act against the effects of pornography.

The Clarion-Herald, the archdiocesan newspaper, printed Archbishop Gregory Aymond’s summary of this program, including a prayer for families.

  • Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans has assembled a team to take on a topic which challenges families and individuals nationwide. “Safe Haven Sunday” will take place in that archdiocese on February 17 and 18.
    • In parishes around the Archdiocese, homilies and intercessory prayers will directly address and seek prayer for the pervasive problem of pornography
    • All parishes will distribute a resource booklet Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture
  • The Archdiocese plans to use tools of technology such as email and texting to help create safe home environments:
    • New Orleans will offer a free seven-day email program that gives practical tips on creating safe digital environments in the home. Anyone can enroll in the program by texting the word “secure” to 66866, and the emails will arrive on a rolling basis, so if you’ve enrolled after the first day, you’ll still receive all seven emails in order.
  • The Bishops have taken on this topic in the past. Download a PDF of the Pastoral Response to Pornography: Create in Me a Clean Heart, which the USCCB published in 2015.
  • Why is proactive communication so important, especially in educating children about this problem? Aren’t they too young to understand this?
    • With the pervasiveness of technology, if and when our children leave our homes, it’s impossible for us to totally control what they may encounter. Some basic coping skills can equip them to act with care when they encounter something in technology which frightens or concerns them.
  • The USCCB has several online resources to assist families, and other help is available to combat this problem:

A recent article in the National Catholic Register has more details about this groundbreaking program.

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Copyright 2018 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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