Creating a ‘Safe Haven’ From the Pornography Pandemic

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NEW ORLEANS – “Save Haven Sunday” is one of the first steps in a new program being developed by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to combat pornography and sexually explicit material. Its aim is to inform parents, teachers, and clergy about the dangers of porn, and to provide tools to combat a global issue.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans had asked an archdiocesan team to create a five-year pastoral plan to combat pornography, and that plan will be introduced on February 17-18, 2018 during “Safe Haven Sunday,” a weekend planned for addressing the problem within a liturgical context.

According to the National Catholic Register: “Homilies and prayer petitions will deal with the pornography problem, and parishes will distribute the book Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, which tells about a free seven-day email program offering practical tips on creating safe digital environments in the home. Anyone can enroll in the program by texting the word “secure” to 66866.”

“Safe Haven Sunday” is seen as a sort of test to see how the faithful will respond to the effort, and how the archdiocese can best utilize its resources.

New Orleans is reporting that the initial response to its program has been overwhelming, and that many are happy that the Church in the area is confronting a difficult issue.

Archbishop Aymond agrees, and notes that despite the topic’s importance, it has often been ignored: “I think it’s one of the greatest moral issues of our day, and people are not very willing to talk about it. It’s the elephant in the room.”

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