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Technology will cause ‘perfect porn storm’

AN AMERICAN cardinal has warned his fellow bishops of a “perfect storm” that could result in greater access to pornography by Americans, especially minors.

Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, a member of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography, listed the elements creating this perfect storm, or convergence as advances in technology permitting video content on wireless handheld devices such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants and the Apple iPod, the music player that recently introduced video capability; the lack of filtering or monitoring software for these devices; and “parents about to make Christmas gift choices” for their children.

“We know from research that this material is seductive and addictive,” Cardinal Keeler said in a report he delivered during the autumn general meeting of the American bishops in Washington last week.

The Religious Alliance Against Pornography, the Cardinal added, was “trying to hold back, turn back the tide” of pornography.

A “perfect storm”, he said, can be defined as specific events converging to create an uncontrollable situation, but separately the events would not have as much impact.

The Alliance, a project of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, was founded in 1986 by the late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York.




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