Do they teach honesty at St Monica's?

Do they teach honesty at St Monica's? September 25, 2008

The news that a Catholic high school in Prestwich is refusing to allow its girls to be vaccinated against cervical cancer is all over the mainstream media, so it is unlikely to be news to Freethinker readers.

No 'moral considerations' at St Monica's R.C. High School.
No 'moral considerations' at St Monica's R.C. High School.
But the extraordinary thing about this case is not the fact that members of the governing board of Saint Monica’s Roman Catholic High School appear to be putting their own moral/sexual squeamishness above the health of the girls in their charge.
It is the fact that they are denying it.
Of course, it could be entirely irrelevant that one of the Governors, a Monsignor John Allen, said of the HPV vaccine,

Morally it seems to be a sticking-plaster response. Parents must consider the knock-on effect of encouraging sexual promiscuity. Instead of taking it for granted that teenagers will engage in sexual activity, we can offer a vision of a full life keeping yourself for a lifelong partnership in marriage.

And it might be true that, as it says on their website,

Moral considerations such as those reported in the Manchester Evening News for 24th September did not form any part of the Governors’ decision.

But it does seem to be a strange coincidence that the only school in the country denying its girls the opportunity to have this potentially life-saving jab administered on its premises – for vaguely stated reasons of parental choice and clinical hygiene – just happens to be run by an organisation notorious for its unhealthy obsession with sex in all its forms.

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  • valdemar

    Buffy, I’m sure Sarah Palin would agree with those wise, maternal words. And so of course would her cutely abstinent children – Bazoom, Boysenberry, SUV and little Trigonometry. (It’s funny how so much misinformation gets onto the interwebs, isn’t it?)

  • Catholic schools in Calgary Canada have elected to do the same as well.


    From 1932 until about 20 years ago, the catholic church endorsed the “rhythm method”. Now they teach a more modern version called “natural family planning”.
    Shame on them for encouraging promiscuity!!!!

  • Stuart H.

    Let us also bear in mind that these are the kind of loons who believe that if a priest rapes a child the child is guilty for tempting the poor man, even if s/he is to young to know right from wrong in the eyes of the law.
    In an extreme case in my neck of the woods the raping pastor was ‘supported’ through his ‘trauma’ by the church, who banished the child and her family and basically drove them out of town.

  • DS

    Believe what you may, but why is a shot that helps prevent some types of HPV being administered in a school setting anyways? It’s not a disease that’s easily communicable. It’s not a disease that had a tendency to kill. Why are we allowing the manufacture of the shot to convince us that this is a health crisis? If you want one, go get it yourself. One would think that if you were opposed to religious intervention into your life, that gov’t intervention would be looked down upon as well.

  • I can only conclude from the schools logic that they expect these girls never to have sex. Even as faithful wives they are at risk from HPV because they have no idea of their husbands’ sexual history – I guess they think people never lie about this!

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  • Danielle

    erm, excuse me. I have just left this school & they taught us EXACTLY what we needed to know about things.