Sunday, August 31, 2008

CES wants Sex Ed in Catholic Primary Schools

Briefing: it is not just wild-eyed secularists who are demanding sex education at ever-younger ages: now the Catholic Education Service wants it too. Actually, we should say 'The wild-eyed secularists demanding sex ed at ever younger ages include the CES.' This is absolutely abominable.

The Tablet tells us: 'The Catholic Education Service has said that sexual-health education cannot be restricted to secondary-school pupils. Responding to calls from MPs for sex education for children as young as four, the CES said the decision over how and when the subject should be taught should be left up to governing bodies." ('In Brief')

Compare the Church's teaching (The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality):
78. It can be said that a child is in the stage described in John Paul II's words as "the years of innocence" from about five years of age until puberty — the beginning of which can be set at the first signs of changes in the boy or girl's body (the visible effect of an increased production of sexual hormones). This period of tranquility and serenity must never be disturbed by unnecessary information about sex. During those years, before any physical sexual development is evident, it is normal for the child's interests to turn to other aspects of life. The rudimentary instinctive sexuality of very small children has disappeared. Boys and girls of this age are not particularly interested in sexual problems, and they prefer to associate with children of their own sex. So as not to disturb this important natural phase of growth, parents will recognize that prudent formation in chaste love during this period should be indirect, in preparation for puberty, when direct information will be necessary.

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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