Category Archives: Catechesis

Avarice, Porneia & Murder (Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington D.C.)

“Let no one overreach or defraud others in this matter.”

A Meditation on the Scriptural Connection between
Sexual Immorality, Greed, and Theft.

Archdiocese of Washington, DC
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people….For of this you can be sure: No sexually immoral, impure or greedy person….has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Eph 5:3,5)

Porneia (πορνεία)—adultery, fornication, homosexuality, defilement of idolatry.




Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. (Col 3:5)

Sex Kills

Every Single Exercise
of the Human Sexual Faculty,
Either Grants Life, Or Takes It,
To Some Degree, Without Fail

For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery. (Mk 7:21)

The lustful, sexually immoral, unrepentant person says, in effect, “I want sexual pleasure for myself. I do not want to pay any ‘price’ for it by having to see it in relationship to other goods and people. I do not want to see it in relationship to the institution of marriage, or to the love of a spouse, or to family, or to children. I do not want commitments or responsibilities. I want to indulge in sex because I want it. All that matters is that I want it.”

Many go further in accepting few, if any limits on what they want, despising norms that in any way seek to limit their access to sex, or to place it in a wider, more responsible context.