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Archdiocese of Portland combats porn
Infographic by Sarah Wolf
Sources: “The Porn Phenomenon,” a Barna Report, 2016; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; “Information Management Strategies in Early Adolescence: Developmental Change in Use and Transactional Associations with Psychological Adjustment” (Developmental Psychology, 2013); Covenant Eyes
Infographic by Sarah Wolf

Sources: “The Porn Phenomenon,” a Barna Report, 2016; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; “Information Management Strategies in Early Adolescence: Developmental Change in Use and Transactional Associations with Psychological Adjustment” (Developmental Psychology, 2013); Covenant Eyes

He’s a husband and a father. He goes to Mass every Sunday. But what started off as a peek at a magazine escalated into an out-of-control diet of pornography.

Viewing pornography creates “a chemical reaction in the brain,” says Jason Kidd, director of the Portland archdiocesan Marriage and Family Life Office. “In order to achieve the high, you need increasingly large quantities for your brain to get the same response.” 

The porn-burdened father who confided in Kidd is not a rare case. “I get phone calls from spouses, from concerned mothers, from young males,” Kidd says. “We know pornography is a problem, but not everyone realizes how big.”


Friday, June 23, 2017
Local
Sr. Denise Desil elected mother general

This spring, the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti elected Sister Denise Desil as mother general. Mother Denise, a frequent visitor to Portland, is a midwife who speaks on healthy birthing in developing nations. 

For many years, Mother Denise applied her training as a midwife in rural Haiti. She survived a building collapse in the 2010 earthquake and last year's Hurricane Matthew. 



Saturday, June 24, 2017
Archdiocese of Portland combats porn

He’s a husband and a father. He goes to Mass every Sunday. But what started off as a peek at a magazine escalated into an out-of-control diet of pornography.

Viewing pornography creates “a chemical reaction in the brain,” says Jason Kidd, director of the Portland archdiocesan Marriage and Family Life Office. “In order to achieve the high, you need increasingly large quantities for your brain to get the same response.” 

The porn-burdened father who confided in Kidd is not a rare case. “I get phone calls from spouses, from concerned mothers, from young males,” Kidd says. “We know pornography is a problem, but not everyone realizes how big.”



Friday, June 23, 2017
Marylhurst student earns third degree at 94

Velda Metelmann was born in 1922; Auriana Cook is 22. Both will accept their Marylhurst University diplomas as they join 300-plus degree candidates honored at Marylhurst’s 123rd commencement June 24 at the Oregon Convention Center. 

Velda Metelmann, 94, will pick up her third Marylhurst diploma. She earned her bachelor’s in her mid-80s and her master’s in interdisciplinary studies three years ago. Now she has completed a master’s in food systems and society, attending classes predominantly online from her home in King City. 



Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Nation and World
Communicators must recognize value, importance of words, author says
QUEBEC CITY — During the June 21-23 Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, participants who received tips throughout the four days on writing, marketing, taking photos and engaging in social media were also urged to go back to the basics and understand something simple: the importance of words.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Bishop: 'Fundamental defects' persist in Senate's version of health bill
WASHINGTON — The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act contains "many of the fundamental defects" that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act "and even further compounds them," said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Zambia bishops, faith leaders warn of crisis if dictatorship results

OXFORD, England — The president of the Zambian Catholic bishops' conference joined other religious leaders in deploring worsening tensions in the east African country, accusing its president of intimidating opponents and silencing the media.



Thursday, June 22, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Pope will attend reconciliation events in Colombia
WASHINGTON — Days after rebels in Colombia announced turning in the last of their cache of weapons over to international observers, the Vatican announced June 23 details of Pope Francis' September trip to the war-torn South American country.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
WATCH: Pope tells ministers to help youths see blessings of adulthood

ROME — Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Pope names members for renewed Pontifical Academy for Life
VATICAN CITY — After broadening the scope of and issuing new statutes for the Pontifical Academy of Life, Pope Francis appointed new members to the advisory body and included scientists, professors and experts in medicine and ethics from both religious and secular backgrounds.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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