Catholics accept sex education in their schools?
We are noticing
today an increase in the number of sexual crimes and illnesses.
As a remedy for this, certain politicians propose sex education
taught in school from the earliest age. Now, the Roman Church
teaches that it is for parents to reveal to their children the
mystery of procreation and its dangers, as this becomes opportune,
with measure and clarity. Has the time arrived to extend sex
education to all Catholic schools?
is the goal of the promoters of sex education?
they can immune the youth against sexual aggressions and diseases
by natural means such as preventive instruction, given publicly
to all, indistinctively, from the youngest upwards.
are the main objections of the Catholic Faith to this method of
1) It refuses
to recognise the inborn weakness of human nature wounded by original
2) It ignores
the intrinsic concupiscence in everyone which battles against
reason (cf. Rom. VII).
3) It ignores
pedagogical experience: the evil practices against good morals
are the effect no so much of intellectual ignorance as of weakness
of the will, exposed to dangerous occasions and deprived from
the means of grace.
In a word,
this naturalistic method forgets original sin and the role of
grace; it does not deal with the heart of the evil, but on the
contrary risks enkindling it and imprudently to activate it in
the as yet simple and delicate heart of the child, thus more exposed
later to become the slave of his unruly passions.
are the ill-omened consequences of sex education?
1) An exaggeration
of the importance and range of the sexual element in daily life;
it is only a means in view of procreation, it is not an end in
2) A rejection
of the general experience of educators which attests that sex
instruction is seriously unwholesome and prejudicial when not
closely allied with constant discipline with rigorous self-control
and with the frequent use of prayer and the sacraments.
Catholics approve of the method called "sex education"?
In the education of youth the method to be followed is that hitherto
observed by the Church and the Saints as recommended by His Holiness
the Pope in the Encyclical dealing with the Christian education
of youth, promulgated on Dec. 31, 1929" [Decree of the
Holy Office, March 21, 1931. (Ed 306)]
aren't these pontifical norms concerning sex education out of
date at present?
Holy See published certain rules in this connection shortly after
the Encyclical of Pius XI on Christian Marriage. (...) These
rules have not been rescinded, either expressly or 'via facti'."
[Pius XII: Alloc. to the Fifth Intern. Congress of Psychotherapy
and Clinical Psychology, April 13, 1953 (Ed 640)]
one approve of what has been written or published even by Catholic
authors regarding the new method of sex education?
approbation whatever can be given to the advocacy of the new method
even as taken up recently by some Catholic authors and set before
the public in printed publications." [Decree of the Holy
Office, April 21, 1931 (Ed 306)]
means are put forward by Catholic Tradition to counteract sexual
1) To have
the children instructed individually by their parents in sexual
matters in an opportune, measured and prudent fashion, so that
they may obtain as a result of their questions a sure, clear and
sufficiently explicit answer giving them light and confidence.
2) To give
to children a clear, complete, strong and uninterrupted religious
3) To develop
the virtue of chastity which enables the human person to curb
his sexual passions and to behave according to reason.
4) To inculcate
the virtue of modesty which prevents the threatening peril, impedes
one from being exposed to danger, advises to avoid the occasions
of falls (unhealthy reading, shows, conversations, etc.), keeps
one from a suspect familiarity with the persons of the other sex
and respects the body as temple of the Holy Ghost.
5) to encourage
the recourse to supernatural means which are prayer, the Sacraments
of Penance and Holy Eucharist and devotion to Mary Immaculate.
consequence, what are the duties of Catholic parents vis-à-vis
campaigns to promote sex education?
of families, (...) there are many other Christians throughout
the whole world and in all countries, fathers of families like
yourselves, who share your own sentiments. Unite with them therefore
(...); call to your aid all Catholic women and mothers with their
powerful contribution, in order to fight together, without human
dignity or respect, to stop and curtail these movements under
whatever name or under whatever patronage they conceal themselves
or are patronised." [Pius XII: Alloc. To the French Fathers
of Families, Sept. 18, 1951 (Ed 573)]
All the above texts cited have been drawn from the following book:
Papal teachings: Education. selected and arranged by the
Benedictine Monks of Solemnes, Boston, by the Daughters of St.
Paul. For easy reference consult the number following the abbreviation: