Friday, 12 November 2010
Padre Pio: “remove also the pictures of the bad women in the drawer of the table at home”
As part of on-going research, and over several years, I have interviewed women whose men folk are fixated with porn. Often times, the women are left with no option but to break off the relationship. Some women who are by no means religious have quipped that ‘I wish someone had stopped my boyfriend becoming so totally preoccupied with porn. He spends more time with it – up to eight hours a day – than he ever does with me!’
At times doing the research, I have come across the usual old sops for porn; ‘people who don’t like porn are cold prudes’. I’ve kept in mind how my spiritual hero was very firm with men when he told them to rid their lives of porn. Once a young man came to Padre Pio for a blessing, but Padre Pio looked at him intensely and said: “Remove your communist partnership card from your wallet (it was the time when the Russian communist regime was persecuting the Catholic Church) together with the photos of those bad women that you jealously preserve. Are you not ashamed by such photos?”
The man said: “Yes, I am”
“And since you have intention to do cleaning, remove also the pictures of the bad women in the drawer of the table at home.”
Here is one woman's testimony 'Porn was my husband's mistress', she wrote it for The Irish Times.