Father Answers Your Questions

Question:  Is it a sin to read Romance novels?

Answer:  If what you mean by Romance novel, is falling and being in love, then the answer is "No."  If you mean a sexually provocative and titillating book, then it depends on a few factors.

First, it would be a sin if the author writes the book with the intentions of influencing impure thoughts in young readers.  Children should not read these books since they can be easily influenced.

With adults, it's a little more tricky.  If the reader reads the book with the intentions of getting impure thoughts, like envisioning themselves doing carnal acts, then yes, it would be a sin.   However, if the adult was able to "handle" the reading and not be influenced towards impure thoughts, then it would not be a sin.

Fr. Max

St. Patrick's Church at Moody Air Force Base