Dirty Sex, Accidental Heretics, and the Cult of Purity

"But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people"  (Psalm 22:6).In the Catholic Patheos community, we're having a continuing conversation on the nature of healthy vs. unhealthy perspectives on sex ed.  Calah Alexander offers a terrific post contradicting the false notion that sex outside of marriage makes one "dirty."   She writes,"Contemporary American culture, a culture that has so influenced other first-world cultures, is profoundly shaped by the heavily Ca … [Read more...]

What Does a “True” Sex Education Look Like?

Last week, while I was on vacation, several of my Catholic Patheosi colleagues were engaged in vigorous discussions on abstinence education that were precipitated by Elizabeth Smart's negative comments on the, frankly, unhealthy approaches some abstinence programs take to promote their message.The conversation is continuing among Catholic Patheos bloggers, and earlier today, it was proposed that we all reflect a bit on what a "true" sex education would entail giving lists on what we think … [Read more...]