My H is going to send me to the insane asylum one of these days. He was raised N.O. Catholic. He is predominantly a Sanguine temperament (one who is often superficial in day to day matters and will likely err on the side of presumption as opposed to despair in matters of faith). I was raised in an atheist home, had some "churching" due to my maternal grandparents, and converted to Catholicism in 2000. We have battled regularly regarding matters of Faith as I have sought to learn more and more about our Faith and asked him about it.
We were discussing movies and the effect they can have on people and ultimately from his perspective, it came down to: "if it's not real, it's not a problem..." (Our children are grown, but I spent years guarding them from bad things on screen when they were young...Many times, H thought I was overreacting).
So if the violence on the screen is pretend, it's o.k. I guess this includes all manner of written word because whatever is described in a book is "pretend" unless the author is retelling events that have in fact occurred. I don't know where this is in regard to sensuality on screen. Actors and filmmakers will insist that most of it is in fact "simulated." Although I assume they do in fact kiss, they are in fact undressed and they are in fact engaging in public inappropriate behavior, with an audience in the film studio, and the larger audience in the theaters and at home ... and most of the time with someone who is not their spouse.
Can anyone direct me to Church teaching on avoiding sinful things, even that which is not factually "real" but rather pretend...This often happens, where I know he is not correct in his statements, but he will often just say something like this, and that's it, the subject is CLOSED. He doesn't really seem to care about getting at the Truth of the matter and doesn't seem to think that he should try any harder to seek God's will in things.
To me, this feels like being "unequally yoked." It's caused many problems in the home because we are not of one accord in many matters .. his sanguine temperament has allowed me to lead in these matters because he is naturally passive, non-confrontational and it seems to me, doesn't care enough about these things to raise an objection. However, when I try to confide in him and talk to him about how I see that I've made mistakes in trying to lead in spiritual matters (leaning towards legalism) he loves to jump on board and attack me for the decisions I've made.
It's a very lonely marriage.