Sacred Heart seminarians attended a workshop on internet pornography and addiction presented by Fr. James Schroeder, SCJ, Ph.D., a St. Louis-based clinical psychologist.
Easy access to pornography via the internet has increased the prevalence of compulsive behavior that has a negative effect on human sexual expression, and can lead to even deeper psychological problems, he said. Fr. Schroeder added that this is particularly true within the framework of the chaste life to which seminarians feel called. He described stages of growing compulsion, and offered perspectives on when and how to access resources for recovery. He also discussed paths to the healthy integration of sexuality in the celibate life style.
In his practice, Fr. Schroeder sees patients experiencing problems related to sexuality and pornography addiction.
About 100 seminarians and Sacred Heart faculty attended the Jan. 25 talk.