Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 605 2525 Christian purity requires a purification of the social climate. It requires of the communications media that their presentations show concern for respect and restraint. Purity of heart brings free­ dom from widespread eroticism and avoids entertainment in­ clined to voyeurism and illusion. 2526 So-called moral permissiveness rests on an erroneous con­ ception of human freedom; the necessary precondition for the development of true freedom is to let oneself be educated in the moral law. Those in charge of education can reasonably be ex­ pected to give young people instruction respectful of the truth, the qualities of the heart, and the moral and spiritual dignity of man. 2527 “The Good News of Christ continually renews the life and culture of fallen man; it combats and removes the error and evil which flow from the ever-present attraction of sin. It never ceases to purify and elevate the morality of peoples. It takes the spiritual qualities and endowments of every age and nation, and with supernatural riches it causes them to blossom, as it were, from within; it fortifies, completes, and restores them in Christ.” 316 IN BRIEF 2528 “Everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” ( Mt 5:28). 2529 The ninth commandment warns against lust or carnal concupiscence. 2530 The struggle against carnal lust involves purifying the heart and practicing temperance. 2531 Purity of heart will enable us to see God: it enables us even now to see things according to God. 2532 Purification of the heart demands prayer, the practice of chastity, purity of intention and of vision. 2533 Purity of heart requires the modesty which is pa­ tience, decency, and discretion. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. 316 GS 58 § 4. 2344 1740 1204