Life in Christ
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.
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.
“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.”
“Everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already
committed adultery with her in his heart” (
The ninth commandment warns against lust or carnal
The struggle against carnal lust involves purifying the
heart and practicing temperance.
Purity of heart will enable us to see God: it enables us
even now to see things according to God.
Purification of the heart demands prayer, the practice
of chastity, purity of intention and of vision.
Purity of heart requires the modesty which is pa
tience, decency, and discretion. Modesty protects the
intimate center of the person.
58 § 4.