Banning Campus Porn

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 15, 2019   

Will CUA's president ban porn or not?

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Catholic University of America (CUA) President John Garvey has yet to decide whether he will honor the request by CUA students to block access to porn on campus or follow the lead of University of Notre Dame (ND) President Fr. John Jenkins and deny the students' request.

Two weeks ago, the student body at CUA passed the Resolution for a Pornography Free Campus Network, asking the administration to block access to the top-200 porn sites on CUA's Wi-Fi. University administrators say they are considering the non-binding resolution. 

"No decision has been made on the ban, but the University is grateful to the SGA for bringing to our attention their desire that we ban pornography on the University network," CUA spokesperson Karna Loyoza told Catholic News Agency on April 5. 

"It is difficult to ignore the firm stance against pornography made by our student body," admitted Loyoza.

Loyoza said the last time the porn ban was considered it was deemed too expensive and ineffective but did admit that now, due to advances in technology, it was more affordable to put such a filter in place.

Church Militant reached out to various computer techs who confirmed that the whole blocking process was a simple matter of adding malicious sites to CUA's so-called firewall that serves their campus Wi-Fi. The techs said the process would take less than an hour to research and implement. The techs added that such sites often have malware viruses, which is another reason for wanting to block them.

Jenkins is refusing to implement a similar request by his student body. In a terse letter issued March 7, ND's president said his university would not ban porn.

"Although we do not believe a mandatory filter is the best solution for us, we are taking steps to encourage students and others to adopt filters voluntarily," wrote Jenkins.

Jenkins was ignoring a letter by some 80 male ND students who asked for such a block on campus Wi-Fi last October.  

In an open letter in ND's student paper, they wrote:

As the men of Notre Dame, we request that the University implement a filter to make pornography inaccessible on the Notre Dame Wi-Fi networks. This filter would send the unequivocal message that pornography is an affront to human rights and catastrophic to individuals and relationships. We are calling for this action in order to stand up for the dignity of all people, especially women.

Faithful Catholics are hoping and praying that Garvey, unlike Jenkins, takes to heart the spiritual good of his student body and honors their request to ban porn, which experts affirm is addictive.

Watch the panel discuss pornography at Catholic universities in The Download—Banning Campus Porn.

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