Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sex Education

Sex Education in the Archdiocese of Birmingham
One of the great scandals of today is the flouting of the CDF's guidelines on sex education by Catholic schools, using text books and methods approved or even enforced by dioceses. The programme of the Archdiocese of Birmingham is examined because it is generally thought to be more 'Catholic' than other commonly used programmes, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols is also the Chairman of the nationwide Catholic Education Service. As well as failing to present Catholic teaching as more than one lifestyle option among many, the programme tramples upon the principles, set out by the CDF, that teaching about sexuality should be carried out by parents, unless this is absolutely impossible; that it should be one to one; that it should respond to the child's questions and needs, and not burden the child with information the child is not ready for; and that the 'age of innocence' before puberty should be respected. CDF, 1995: The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines For Education Within The Family

The National Association of Catholic Families: letter to the CES

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The feminism rhetoric above is a dangerous Straw-man

I don't know why you are attacking the women that would otherwise lend weight to the modern world placing of the faith

There is not one feminism
but there are feminisms which is an academic field emerging from the centuries of abuse (collected female experiences) that women have suffered in societies
dominated by a iew that women are not equal in value before God.

There are different branches and you could wise up to how upsetting you rhetoric is to your supporters

Our Lord Jesus Christ recognised the value of women and the dignity of women.

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen