Sex Education, Catholic Style

Sex Education, Catholic Style November 29, 2016

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Stephan Hochhaus
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Stephan Hochhaus

The Vatican is launching a sex education program based on family and led by parents. This is very different from the secular notion of sex education which involves classes taught by Planned Parenthood, which is the nation’s number one abortion provider, in schools.

This program, which is developing organically with input from parents, is based on Catholic teaching and is grounded in morality. Sex education, Catholic style, sounds like a great new-old idea.

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4 responses to “Sex Education, Catholic Style”

  1. As long as the information is accurate. PP for all its issues provides accurate, scientific information. The Catholic sex-ed I got was full of inaccuracies and falsehoods and exaggerations and for me basically served as an early lesson that the Church can’t necessarily be trusted to present a full picture because they think we’re too dumb or immoral to have all the facts and still make the right decision.

  2. Interesting. The Catholic school I taught in for 10 years had sex ed done in the middle school each year—taught by the science teacher. The school was pre-K to grade 8, so it began in 6th grade. She was a lay teacher, as were all but 1 of the teachers in the school—the only nun teaching was in her early 80’s and did the library. All the teachers were Catholic except me and one other who taught in preschool

  3. When I was in middle school, there were Catholic programs being taught to us in our CCD classes. I attended those and several secular and evangelical programs. As far as instilling the values, all non-secular programs did a pretty good job there. What’s frustrating is that there complete lack of true sex education, even in the secular programs. Even medical schools are completely failing at the basics. My wife and I are frustrated just trying to find an OBGYN who understands even a small portion of what we were taught by Marquette’s one-day NFP program. Most of the doctors we’ve tried seem embarrassingly poorly educated. The culture is one of ‘take this medicine’ or ‘use this protection’, but the true scientific knowledge is lacking. It is no wonder that all my Catholic friends either use some form of contraception or have more children than intended. For those with fertility issues, IVF is the first recommendation, with no understanding of how fertility even works. In our diocese, the NFP class is supposed to be mandatory, but I’ve seen no enforcement of that. In fact, I’ve even talked to a few pastors who refuse to let it be taught, much less requiring it. I don’t see how you can separate the moral issues from the scientific ones — and that’s where everyone is failing today.