Thursday, December 04, 2008

Petition to Bishops of England and Wales on Sex Ed

Action: please sign up: here. The bishops appear to be ignoring both the teaching of the Church and the views of the faithful on sex education, in going along with Government plans to make it compulsory. They appear to want Catholics to sleep-walk into a situation in which they cannot even withdraw their children from sex education, regardless of how bad it becomes in their schools. The sex education offered in Catholic schools, with the approval of the Catholic Education Service, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the CES Chairman, and the Bishops' Conference, is already completely contrary to the guidlines given us by the Pontifical Council for the Family: for full information see here.

According to these, sex ed should 

NEVER be given to pre-pubescent children

NEVER be given in a class-room context

NEVER be given by agents other than parents, unless the parents are 'incapable' of doing this.

Information about sex should be given in response to questions from the child to a person the child knows and trusts at a time appropriate to child's unique level of development, which only a person close to the child - usually the parents - will be able to assess.

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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