The Vatican’s sex-ed program shows a Church in crisis

The Vatican’s sex-ed program shows a Church in crisis

Judie Brown

August 26, 2016 (American Life League via LifeSiteNews) — On the heels of the debacle we reported about involving the Vatican-sanctioned sex education program entitled The Meeting Point: Project for Affective and Sexual Formation, Argentina-born Catholic reporter [and Vatican correspondent for the KofC-funded Crux news service] Ines San Martin — a huge fan of Pope Francis — extols the program without apology. She tells readers that the units offer “an educational path in love that helps young people discover the beauty of mutual self-giving and the pursuit of happiness through the gift of body and spirit.”

San Martin appears to suggest that even sexually explicit pictures used in the program at various points are not really offensive if one takes the program as a whole and understands that “the units have a common thread, a metaphor of the human person as a ‘tent.’”

But our analysis of the program sheds a different light — tent or no tent. As William Mahoney of our staff points out, there are more than a few reasons to be concerned about the program and the objectionable materials being used. Specifically, these include:

Unit 2: Tent Poles: See especially pages 2-4.

Unit 6: Tent Door and Zipper: See page 5: Choosing our boyfriend/girlfriend, which speaks of discovering heterosexuality.

Unit 6: (Movie recommendations for discussion): See page 5, which recommends Love and Other Drugs — a movie rated R (see here); note the cover for the movie.

In addition, ALL’s statement on this program offers further context, and LifeSiteNews’ analysis of the program offers some bullet points on the worst aspects of the program.

Yet this Vatican sex-ed program is not where the problem ends. There is more skullduggery of a political kind going on as well. Think about billionaire George Soros and his efforts to manipulate the bishops by using pawns within the Church to spread his vile agenda and providing funding for it to the tune of at least $650,000. According to LifeSiteNews, “The monies were granted to two U.S. entities that have been engaged in a long-term project … of shifting ‘the priorities of the U.S. Catholic Church.’ Grantees were PICO, a faith-based community organizing group, and Faith in Public Life (FPL), a progressive group working in media to promote left-leaning ‘social justice’ causes. Soros has funded left-wing causes the world over and was just found to have been funding an effort to eliminate pro-life laws around the globe.”

If this sounds like a nightmare to you, understand that this is our reality. These things all appear to work in concert to undo the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church in a way that I, for one, could never have imagined.

But now is not the time to wring your hands and tear your hair out. Now is the time for a more intense prayer life, a greater commitment to spread the truth, and a higher level of awareness about what is actually going on around you.

The holy priest, Father James Schall, SJ, reminds us of this truth and the struggle to defend the family, the preborn, and the truth, writing:

What we must recognize is that articulated, orthodox Catholicism is today the real underground. It is what the culture recognizes that it must systematically eliminate. But this rejection follows a clear and logical path. It presupposes the Gnostic idea that laws and customs of the people are but free constructs, with no basis in reality.
In other words, they are whatever you think they are.

Now more than ever we are called to act with confidence. We encourage everyone to take these positive steps to reverse such deadly trends:

1. Sign the petition at LifeSiteNews calling on the Vatican to withdraw the flawed sex education program The Meeting Point.

2. Learn how Catholic parents can preserve the integrity of the Church’s teachings on human sexuality by owning and sharing Culture of Life Studies Program materials that are faithful to Catholic doctrine on all subjects dealing with respect for the dignity of the human person.

3. Protect the most precious gift that the Lord has given to you: your family.
And as you look at your spouse and your children tonight, never forget these profound words of Saint John Paul II: “Christian spouses and parents are required to offer ‘the obedience of faith.’ They are called upon to welcome the word of the Lord which reveals to them the marvelous news — the Good News — of their conjugal and family life sanctified and made a source of sanctity by Christ Himself.” We are called to guide the souls of our family to eternal life with Christ. Let us pray that all of our actions lead them there.

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12 comments on “The Vatican’s sex-ed program shows a Church in crisis

  1. (H/T HowlinglyAbsurd)

    Opie: Paw! Paw! I’m gonna run down to the drug store right now to get me some rubbers now that the Pope says they’re OK with the genetically-modified Zika virus coming that Bill Gates and the UN’s World Health Organization have cooked up for population control!

    Barney Fife: Rubbers???!!! Andy!!!

  2. It’s really difficult to decide which abomination against divine law is the more reprehensible.

    Scandalizing little ones, spoken directly to by Christ?

    Openly embracing talmudics and wallowing in the benefit of their huge cash outlays to support a socialist agenda of doctrinal subversion and the elimination of property and liberty?

    Whatever the answer, this runaway pathological condition demands immediate intervention.

  3. Aunt Bee: Why, that’s wonderful, Opie! The reverend was just saying the other day how Catholics breed like rabbits.
    Maybe one day you can grow up to direct The Da Vinci Code.

    Sheriff Andy Taylor: Now, Opie, I don’t care what kind of neo-Kantian vortex they have you passing through at school. I don’t want to hear any more talk about Jean-Paul Sartre or rubbers and the Pope. If I do hear you talking about rubbers and the Pope one more time, you’re gonna be in a heap of trouble, young man! A heap of trouble! We’ve got enough trouble with the Frankfurt School crowd at Chapel Hill as it is!

    : What did the pope mean by saying that condoms might help with a ‘humanization’ of sexuality?

    Barney Fife: Andy!!!

    Mr. Roper: I’d love to hear this explanation!

    Woody: Translating the word “humanization” from German to Italian to Spanish to English provides sufficient ambiguity for many different forms of equivocation in the neo-Kantian vortex of progressive modernism. Fortunately, we have Professor Marshall McLuhan right here to offer an explanation on the hermeneutics and semiotics of this process….

    The Professor: Why, yes, Gilligan, there have been many papers presented on the role of neo-Kantian epistemology and the confusion it has been spreading through progressive modernism since Vatican II. I’m glad you brought that up because….

    Ginger: Isn’t this exciting?
    Gilligan is getting reads to take the neo-Kantian Transcendental turn!

    Mary Ann: I just hope he can remember the directions to Louvain!

    Jack: Before we get to the humanization and moralization of sex with condoms, we should say something about phenomenology and existentialism…

    Ann: How are phenomenology and existentialism connected with this?

    Elvis: Well, that’s a slippery slope, Sugar Baby…But we’ve got time!

    Elvis: Back in the early days of German Idealism, Professor Immanuel Kant proposed a distinction between what he called the phenomenon and the noumenon, see…

    Ann: OK, but what does Geworfenheit mean?

    Gomez Addams: Phenomenology and European existentialism!

    Gomez Addams: My dear, we can stay up all night reading and discussing Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Maybe we should read Camus’ The Rebel to get a handle on the existential perspective on utopian rebellion and the crisis of modernity….

    Professor Derrida: We should set up the narrative with some background. It goes back to when the first Neo-Platonists reached the shores of the South of France, bearing what Professor Eric Havelock in the Preface to Plato describes as a cultural shift from 5th-century Greece and Plato’s Republic away from poetic mimesis to…

    Eddie Haskell: Don’t forget the Brigitte Bardot movies!
    And when Louis Jourdan plays the rascally bourgeois swain wooing an immodest Leslie Caron in Gigi.

    Mrs. Cleaver: You and Wally took the girls to see that at the Drive-In??? Eddie!!! You know I don’t like Wally seeing decadent European movies!

    Ted Baxter: Lou didn’t mention that part. He only explained about the dolphins and baby seals choking on the soda can tabs and…you know…about what Pope Francis said about the Zika virus and birth control in his airplane interview….

  4. Howl, when I respond “LOL” I well and truly AM laughing out loud.

    Bravo! Bravo!

  5. Robin: Gosh, Batman, what would happen if everyone embraced the Gnostic idea that laws and customs of the people are just constructs, with no basis in reality?

    Batman: Then the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, Egghead, Mr. Freeze , and every other villain in Gotham City could run around doing whatever they wanted, without regard for the rights of others, and with no fear of consequences or punishment, particularly with law schools teaching the Gnostic idea of antinomian relativism and Critical Legal studies.

    Robin: Holy anarchy, Batman!

    Batman: The loss of an ontological foundation for distinctions between right and wrong is no laughing matter, Robin.
    Which is why you will be catching up on your Latin homework and Cicero translation.
    What’s the Latin homework situation like, Robin?

    Robin: It’s coming, Batman.

    Batman: Well, let’s not slack off or fall behind in keeping up with all of that Cicero translation, the Aquinas treatises, and the proper case endings of third declension Latin nouns. Remember, Robin: civilization begins or falls with whether we are learning the proper Latin case endings.

    Robin: I’ll try to remember, Batman. I guess this means you want me to recite the third declension case endings for rectitūdō again?

    Catwoman: How is the papal condom controversy connected with phenomenology and modern European existentialism, Batman?

    Batman: It’s a long story, Catwoman. Of course, we could review it after the lecture on Albert Camus, L’Homme révolté, and utopian rebellion in modernity, if you think we will have time for that.

    Catwoman: I’d love to. How long would it actually take, Batman?

    Batman: For the Kantian background on modern German Idealism and a review of the distinction between Kant’s notion of phenomenon and noumenon… three or four hours, I suppose, should be sufficient, speaking ex tempore with just a few notes to clarify some of the technical aspects of the debate. Of course, it can get quite interesting and complicated. As I recall, the Greek word νοούμενoν (nooúmenon) is the neuter middle-passive present participle of νοεῖν (noeîn) “to think, to mean”, which in turn originates from the word νοῦς (noûs), an Attic contracted form of νόος (nóos) “perception, understanding, mind”. By the 18th century, the early stages of the continental Idealist concept has migrated quite far from the original Aristotelian and Platonist usages, however, when we start performing a few exercises in neo-Kantian epistemology to get the hang of Idealist categories I’m sure you will…

  6. Batman: …..definitely find it interesting and to have been worth the wait to get the hang of the neo-Kantian epistemology underlying progressive modernism and its connection to phenomenology.

    Catwoman: That does sound fascinating, Batman. I’ll bring the champagne since we might be spending a bit of time delving into the neo-Kantian background of modernist epistemology after the lecture.

    Robin: Gosh, Batman, there sure is a lot of Latin homework to do when school starts.

    Batman: Indeed, there is Robin. But dividing Gaul would have been much more difficult for Julius Caesar without proper Latin grammar. It’s lucky for you that your Latin teacher at Fordham Prep has dedicated his life to enlightening the minds of young men such as yourself in these critical times for Western civilization.

    Robin: I guess you’re right, Batman.

    Batman: Of course, Robin. Civilization depends on learning all of the proper Latin case endings so that translation homework can be finished more easily.

    Robin: I guess so.

    Batman: It’s getting late, Robin. I’m sure you still want to get to work on all of that Cicero translation on a Saturday night. Weekends are very good for catching up on Latin translation.

    Robin: Well, Batman, actually I was thinking about….

    Batman: Virgil’s Aeneid and the De Civitate Dei of St. Augustine. Good thinking, Robin! That will leave plenty of time for St. Thomas Aquinas and the Summa Theologiae.

    • Robin: Batman, while you and Catwoman are delving into epistemology over champagne, I though I’d take Commissioner Gordon’s daughter to see Beach Blanket Bingo while meditating on our lessons in Latin and sex-ed.

  7. Batman: Careful, Robin. Make sure that Miss Gordon observes proper modesty.
    I’m afraid Miss Funicello is not as cautious as she should be around Frankie Avalon in Beach Blanket Bingo.
    Modernist neo-Kantian epistemology and the high risk factor of the dictatorship relativism have a tendency to creep up on young people in immodest Hollywood beach party movies.

    Robin: Gosh, I’ll try to remember, Batman.

    Batman: May I suggest that working together on your Latin translation homework over milkshakes might be a more productive way to spend the evening? I’m sure Miss Gordon could benefit from seeing what you young gentlemen are learning about Cicero and St. Thomas Aquinas at Fordham Prep.

    Robin: OK, Batman. I guess we could review third declension Latin case endings…

  8. Batman: Try to get through as much of St. Thomas Aquinas as you can. But I would not rule out sneaking in some St. Bonaventure passages if Miss Gordon seems interested.

    Robin: Gosh, Batman, do you think Miss Gordon would be interested in practicing fourth declension drills for reciting the case endings for cornū, cornūs?

    Batman Just be careful not to overdue it, old chum. If she suspects that you’re just showboating or showing off that might spoil the mood. Of course, there is the additional danger that you might get it confused with the second declension Latin noun cornus, cornī and send her down the wrong path entirely for proper Latin case endings.

    Robin: I’ll try to remember, Batman!

    Robin:… cornū, cornūs, fourth declension… cornus, cornī, second declension… And the Dative of cornū, cornūs is cornū….boy, this is confusing…

    Batman: Whatever you do, don’t let her lure you into any lengthy discussions of the subjunctive or conditional, hypothetical, or contrary-to-fact clauses…

    Robin: I better write this down, Batman…

    Batman: Commissioner Gordon? Yes, this is Batman. Robin would like to speak with Barbara. I understand they have plans to practice Latin declension drills this evening….

  9. Frankie Avalon: Let’s start with amō, amāre, amāvī, amātum.
    amō, amās, amat….

    Annette Funicello: amāmus, amātis

    All: amant!

    Frankie: Now let’s try the subjunctive!

  10. Robin: I don’t mean to seem picky, Batman, but I think you meant to say overdo.
    My copy of Cicero’s Laelius de Amicitia is overdue at the library.

    Batman: You are probably right, Robin. I stand corrected.

    Catwoman: What about Bishop Berkeley’s epistemology and metaphysics?

    Batman: esse est percipi? Do you think we will have time to review mystic and subjective idealism and the genesis of the theory of immaterialism of Bishop George Berkeley? It can be somewhat strenuous….

    Catwoman: After we’ve finished the exercises in neo-Kantian epistemology to get the hang of Idealist categories, I’d love to!

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