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Online petition calls on Catholic University of America to ban campus internet porn

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Urge Catholic U Admin to say YES to campus WiFi porn filter!. Sign the petition here.

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — LifeSiteNews has launched a petition calling on administrators at prestigious Catholic University of America to concede to student demands for a ban on 200 top porn sites on campus Wi-Fi used by students and faculty.

The “Resolution for a Pornography Free Campus Network” was passed by the Student Government Association by a 13-12 vote and calls on CUA to “take an outward stance on the use of pornography by prohibiting access to the top 200 pornography sites through the campus network.” The ban, the resolution states, would allow CUA to “remove itself as a means in accessing such material.”

The LifeSiteNews petition calls on CUA president John Garvey and fellow administrators to put into place not only the ban requested by the students but to restrict access to online pornography altogether. In announcing the petition, a statement on LifeSiteNews noted it “speaks volumes” that the ban request came from students.

“It is their generation which has been inundated with pornography. And, they, more than most, have felt its truly awful effects,” it declared.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says of pornography: “It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.”

The petition states: “Indeed, porn has no place on a university WiFi network, much less on a Catholic university’s WiFi network. Therefore, we the undersigned, call on the CUA administration to enact this legitimate student demand, and go further by restricting access to online pornography altogether.” Indicating the terrific harm caused by pornography, the petition tells CUA administrators, “As you know, women are sometimes coerced into making porn or harmed in its production; some are trafficked for the purpose; and, children (God forbid!) are also sometimes victimized in heinous and demonic crimes.”

It goes on to ask, “Is it any surprise that reports of porn-fueled sexual aggression and violence have become all-too-common, and that porn use has also broken apart marriages and families?”

The petition said that the university, by prohibiting access to porn on its WiFi network, “can make a serious statement about how harmful porn is to the physical, mental and spiritual growth of its students — and of those harmed in its production.” A ban would set a great example, the petition said, and make CUA a role model for all universities to follow. “We pray that you will now heed both Church teaching and the call of your own students, and LEAD students and faculty to a porn-free campus!” it said, finally.

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