Catholic ministry reaches out to porn addicts

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Responding to concerns arising in prayer groups and confessionals, some central Ohio Catholics have started a ministry aimed at helping prevent and treat pornography addiction.

The My House Initiative offers a confidential help line, support groups and referrals to counseling. It’s a collaboration of the Columbus Catholic Men’s Ministry, the Columbus Catholic Women’s Ministry and the Diocese of Columbus’ Office for Social Concerns and Office of Marriage and Family Life.

“It’s a program that treats the casualties of porn addiction and protects families,” said Jerry Freewalt at the Office for Social Concerns. “It’s a very difficult topic, but it’s a real problem.”

As part of an Awareness Weekend, the initiative provided resources to priests throughout the diocese and asked them to discuss pornography during sermons this past Saturday and Sunday. Many of the weekend’s church bulletins also offered information on pornography and the My House program.

Kevin McNamara, co-director of the initiative, said it was launched about a year ago after local men returned from a national conference where they learned that viewing pornography is at pandemic levels.

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And you can visit the My House website for more information.


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