Joachin Meisner Hertz
(ZENIT News / Munich, 18.11.2022).- Less than one month after the Pope alerted priests against pornography, the German Bishops’ Web published an interview to normalize it, specifically among the clergy.
On Tuesday, November 15, the Katholisch.de Web took up the subject of pornography and the priesthood, in an interview with Hermann Backhaus, whom they present as a priest and psychologist. They naturalize the consumption of pornography by priests, saying that “to watch pornography is normal today, including for celibate persons,” and alerting only when pornography becomes a problematic habit.
Given that in the Holy Father’s address to seminarians and priests that study in Rome, he related the devil with pornography, Hermann Backhaus criticized the Pope and said: “to associate the devil with pornography is a very strong statement. I don’t know if Francis isn’t counteracting his intention instead of promoting it.”
The psychologist sees his care of individuals that consume pornography in a neutral way: “As psychologist, I don’t judge or condemn the consumption of pornography. I see my task as perceiving the reality and working with it.” Further on the psychologist suggested pornography as part of a “healthy” marriage.