Pope Francis has described pornography as part of an “industry of lies,” even as he said that sex in itself is not taboo.
“Sexuality, sex, is a gift of God. Not taboo,” Pope Francis told a group of young people from the Diocese of Grenoble-Vienne in France on Monday. That particular comment was in response to a 16-year-old who asked how to navigate in a world that “desecrates” the human body.
“Love between a man and a woman, when it is passionate, it leads you to give your life forever. Forever. And to give it with your body and soul,” the pontiff explained, as quoted by the Catholic news website Crux.
Francis also criticized pornography as being part of an “industry of lies,” as it amounts to “sexuality detached from love.”He went on to state that humans, due to weakness or spiritual failings, sometimes use their sexuality in a way that does not follow the “very beautiful way” it was intended. Instead, those people use it as “objectified sexuality, detached from love and used for amusement.”
He encouraged young people to “safeguard” their sexuality well and “prepare for that love” which will be part of their entire lives.
The Catholic Church forbids premarital sex, teaching that intercourse should be solely between a husband and wife.