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Our readers asked:

Can I work for a movie company that does soft-core pornography if I’m not involved in the production of those movies?

Richard G. Malloy, SJ Answers:

Sure you can.  The question is should you?  More importantly, what is God asking of you in this situation?  A helpful book for you would be Dean Brackley’s The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times.

More intriguing is the fact you are asking the question.  Obviously, you are aware that as Catholics, we find pornography abusive and troubling on many levels.  Pornography “does grave injury to the dignity of the participants… since one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others” (CCC #2354).  The Catechism goes on to speak of porn’s more subtle and  insidious damage.  Porn immerses one in “a fantasy world.”  Such fantasy can make it very difficult to live with reality.  You don’t want to be associated with pornography or companies that produce it in any way.  Try and find a way to do what you really want to do with a company of which you can be proud.  Thomas Merton wrote: “If I never become what I am meant to be, but always remain what I am not, I shall spend eternity contradicting myself by being at once something and nothing” (New Seeds of Contemplation).

The makers of Bella, the wonderful and subtle movie making us think of life and love and family and responsibility in new and fascinating ways, walked away from overly “Hollywood-ized” film making culture and found great success (and funding!) on their own.

The Author : Richard G. Malloy, SJ
Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for University Ministries, the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, and author of A Faith That Frees (Orbis Books).
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