Bishops Bashing Pornography to Barr Have the Facts to Back It Up

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop Paul Coakley, and Bishop David Konderla recently wrote to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, asking him to vigorously enforce the obscenity laws. They also called upon him to launch an “investigation of pornography producers and website owners for criminality.”

“The current pandemic is exacting a heavy and widespread emotional, social, and financial toll in our communities,” the bishops said. They warned that “virtually unchecked proliferation of pornography fuels the demand that frequently results in commercial sexual exploitation.”

The bishops also noted that today’s unlimited supply of pornography “has led users to seek more and more extreme videos,” the result being an uptick in trafficking, child pornography, and related problems. Finally, they raised concerns about the effects of pornography on “healthy human intimacy and relationships.”

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