[Compliments of Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia]
Steve Wood and Andrew Scholberg
May 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – I have strong feelings about sex education, which is one of the subjects Pope Francis addressed in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
You see, there’s a right way to do sex ed, and a wrong way. The wrong way has catastrophic results. It’s essential today to know how to protect your children from the wrong kind of sex ed.
Sex ed is o.k. as long as it’s with Catholic materials in Catholic schools and CCD classes, right? Wrong! Let me tell you a story that proves my point.
My wife and I will never forget the shock we experienced on Sunday evening, October 6, 1990. As recent converts we were excited about our newly discovered Catholic faith. We enrolled our daughters in CCD classes and were eager to see how the Church would help us teach them the faith.
After the first class my wife and I reviewed the religious education materials our daughters brought home. We were appalled to find explicit descriptions of sexual excitation and an erect penis in our fourth grader’s sex ed book! This book even carried an Imprimatur.
Explicit sex ed in a classroom setting is grossly inappropriate — especially for young children whose innocence and sexual latency must be carefully protected and left undisturbed. Whose responsibility is it to protect their innocence? Yours, as a parent, especially the father.
I pulled our girls out of those classes so fast it would make your head spin!
You may be wondering about classroom sex ed for older children. That, too, is bad because sex ed is inappropriate in a classroom setting. The only proper place for sex ed is in the family room where the parent can explain what’s age-appropriate for the child in a way that’s modest, delicate, and sensitive. When it comes to sex ed, less is more. The child doesn’t need to hear anything about perversions, aberrations, and weird practices.
I’ll say more about how parents can meet the responsibility of sex ed within the home because I want you and all other Catholic parents to have a firm and confident grasp of how to do it.
Why is classroom sex education so bad? For Catholics, sex is a sacred and private act between a husband and wife. To talk about this sacred act in a classroom is crude, profane, indelicate, and gross. Even a “good” sex ed program doesn’t belong in a classroom.
Perhaps the strongest reason against classroom sex ed is because it’s the engine that drives the abortion industry. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what the architects of today’s moral mess said about sex education. Indeed, they made no secret of how they were going to wreck our Christian society.
For example, one of the pioneers of the godless “Planned Parenthood” movement, Alan Guttmacher, M.D., said this in 1973: “The answer to winning the battle for elective abortion once and for all is sex education.”
It’s worth a moment’s time to go back and re-read that quote, which dates from the year the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide. Planned Parenthood took Guttmacher’s advice to heart and pushed hard for sex ed in as many schools as possible. They succeeded. Even many Catholic schools started using explicit sex education even for children of a tender age!
The catastrophic results are obvious. Abortion remains legal throughout the land, and Catholics are as likely to have abortions as non-Catholics
A new push for sex ed in Catholic churches and schools is coming
Pope Pius XI warned about the dangers of explicit sex ed in his 1929 encyclical On the Christian Education of Youth. He warned that “descending into details” tends to stir up the desire to commit sexual sins. No wonder Planned Parenthood pushes explicit sex ed so strongly!
… a new push for sex ed in Catholic churches and schools is coming. To the extent that this push succeeds, the results will be ugly!
You see, I predict that misinformed[?] Catholics will exploit an unfortunate[?] ambiguity in Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia regarding sex ed.
… in paragraph 280 the Exhortation talks about the need for a “positive and prudent sex education.” So far so good. But then he says, “We may well ask ourselves if our educational institutions have taken up this challenge”. Do you see the problem? When liberals read paragraph 280, they’re likely to forget what Pope Francis said about parental rights in education in paragraph 84. The result will be a new push for explicit sex ed in CCD classes and Catholic schoolrooms.
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