November 21, 2011

Pope Benedict called for an end to prostitution and pornography, saying the practices denigrate women and represent “a serious lack of humanity.”

“A relationship that does not take into account the fact that a man and a woman have the same dignity represents a serious lack of humanity,” the pope said in a Nov. 7 talk.

With the “materialistic and hedonistic tendencies” that seem to be gaining space in the West, there is a growing form of discrimination against women, he said.

“The moment has come to energetically halt prostitution as well as the widespread distribution of material with an erotic and pornographic content, including through the Internet in particular.”