What’s wrong with sex ed?
Answer: It does not
Sex education in the schools rests on the assumption that kids will do it
anyway, so tell ’em all about it so they won’t suffer the
consequences.Teenagers know why this approach fails: They say it doesn’t teach
them to use birth control; it teaches them it’s no big deal to use sex.
Nevertheless, when conservatives discuss the failure of sex education to
dissuade kids, liberal eyebrows go up in despair. "Oh, boy, now we’re gonna
hear from those old fogies who are too uptight to dissect a frog in biology
lab – because it’s naked! Har! Har! Har!"Well, one does not have to be an old
fogy to see that education about erotic zones, diseases and pregnancy has not
changed lives for the better. That’s because real sex education is about love,
responsibility, commitment and living out one’s vocation in this world
according to God’s holy plan for creating life.
Sex education without spirituality – without God’s plan for life – is
simply bad biology, bad because animals stop when their instincts are
satisfied. And it’s also bad religion. School sex-education programs –
including Catholic school programs – emphasize the wrong things: feelings,
emotions, lust, peer pressure, hormones, disease, deviancy. And then they
offer the wrong solution: ‘safe sex.’ Children get the idea they have no
control over their bodies, no free will. Not only is this insulting, it is
anti-Catholic. The Church teaches that man does have free will. Adam and Eve
CHOSE not to obey God. Through Christ, we CHOOSE to obey, even when it’s
The reason Catholic parents prefer to deliver this message to their
children themselves is because of its very personal, very individual – and
very important – nature. Nothing else can destroy a life so quickly or so
dramatically as irresponsible sex. Nothing else is so elevating, so loving, so
life-giving when used by husbands and wives in the service of God. And
children must be taught that it is within their power, with God’s grace, to
live a good life if they make the right choices.
Sex education in the schools involves a lot more than so-called "health" or
"family-life" classes, however. Some very important moral information comes
through other reading materials, like the ones included above in this issue of
View from the Pew. Children read material like this, discuss it in small
groups, and if they don’t come to the conclusion it’s acceptable, they at
least get ‘loosened up’ for the next round of situation-values talk. In
addition, they find the situations embarrassing, but they don’t want to be
"uncool," so they join in the four-letter words, the kidding and the demeaning
attitude toward each other’s bodies, all of which adds up to trouble.
Even a school that omits sex education will have its efforts destroyed by
literature or science that teaches modern sexual ethics.
In one eighth grade science lab at a San Jose Catholic school, for example,
students were asked to select a crew for a three-year journey to Mars.
Students were instructed to make "good" selections, that is, people who were
sterilized, divorced or otherwise not likely to make things messy up there in
outer space. Later a student suggested the spacecraft should include a sick
bay, "in case one of the crew members gets pregnant." This student, and the
others in the class, had already swallowed the secular line on sex:
Everybody does it, so be sure there’s an escape hatch.
Children must be taught that sex is inappropriate if it breaks the Sixth
Commandment. Catholic teachers should bone up on how to do this: perhaps by
taking fewer politically correct seminars and instead taking a refresher
course on Catholic doctrine. But in the long run, only parents can be
entrusted to teach their children to "just say no," not because Nancy Reagan
says it, but because God says it.
They hope to show the leaders of the Church it’s time to "get in step" with
the modern world, to "relax" the Church’s old-fashioned ideas on sexual morality
and to let the faithful decide for themselves which doctrines they’ll accept or
reject.These radicals have already collected more than 2 million signatures in
Europe and the United States.They also are invading our schools, and recruiting
children to gather signatures and raise money for their nefarious scheme. For
every signature the children get, they’re supposed to ask a $1 donation, and
they split the proceeds 60/40: 60 cents for the children, and 40 cents for the
What can faithful Catholics who support the Holy Father and the Magisterium
do to fight back? First, don’t sign their Church-wrecking
petitions. Second, support Human Life International’s counter-drive (HLI, 4
Family Life, Front Royal, VA 22630). Third, pray for the conversion of
these poor, misguided souls. Pray for the brave souls of Human Life
International who are on the front line doing battle for God’s truth and the
sanctity of human life every
Catholics should refuse invitation to Ellen’s coming out
The media are all abuzz about Ellen DeGeneres, star of the ABC-TV sitcom
"Ellen." Her claim to fame used to be her down-to-earth humor. But now that
she has "come out" as a lesbian, she has been elevated to cultural hero. Both
Ellen and "Ellen" are gay. On the sitcom, Laura Dern is Ellen’s love interest.
Now Dern is generating her own press conferences because she’s so "brave" to
portray a lesbian lover. But it’s not brave at all. As Joseph Sobran pointed
out in the Wanderer newspaper, it would be brave for DeGeneres or Dern to go
on the show advocating pro-life. In trendy Hollywood, being pro-gay is GOOD
for a career, not to mention ratings.
What should the Catholic in the pew think about Ellen? First, remain
true to Catholic teachings. The best place to go for a refresher course on
this subject is the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357-2359.. .
. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of
grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are
intrinsically disordered." (see Gen. 19:1-29; Rom. 1:24-27; 1Cor 6:10; 1Tim
1:10). They are contrary to the natual law. They close the sexual act to the
gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual
complementary. Under no circumstances can they be approved.. . . Homosexual
persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them
inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer
and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach
Christian perfection.Second, do not allow children to watch the show.
By making the character Ellen seem like a funny, happy, fulfilled human being,
she popularizes a lifestyle that is not only difficult to live out in real
life, but also has been declared "intrinsically disordered" by the Church.
Third, TAKE ACTION! Catholics who let their beliefs or values be
vilified are in danger of becoming converted -- to paganism. Take action by
not buying the products advertised on the show and by writing letters to the
advertisers, to the television stations and to the network. Addresses of
advertisers can be found on their products: Take your pen and paper to the
grocery store to make notes. Or look them up in the telephone book or on the
Internet. Most companies are listed under their company name, for example,
www.XYZ.com . Channel 11 has a similar listing: www.KNTV.com . Or use your
"search" function to hunt for the company name. If you need inspiration to
fight back, send for Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s Gates of Hell videotape.
Fr. Groeschel admonishes Catholics not to take lightly moral decay or potshots
against the Church. We’ve got to stop trying to "blend in." Get angry! Speak
up! For a catalog that includes Gates of Hell, write to Daughters of St. Paul,
50 St. Paul’s Ave., Boston, MA, 02130.
Book Review &
Ignorance is not bliss
SEEKING CHRIST IN READING by The Rev. Eugene Boylan
Scepter Booklets 481 Main St., Suite 401 New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
This little booklet, a short reprint from the late Fr. Boylan’s book
This Tremendous Lover, explains why it is good, even necessary, for
adult Catholics to read about their faith. Prayer is a must. Receiving the
Sacraments and living the Catholic life is a must. But allowing the mind to
grow with the faith is a must, too. In today’s world, where living the
Catholic life may be difficult, the "modern environment has a positive
tendency to lead us away from God. This it does not so much by being against
God, but rather by leaving him out."
Reading of the right sort may be the only way that Catholics can restore
the balance caused by a pagan world. Religion is not just a matter of the
heart; it is also a matter of the mind. Faith must be informed by reason.
There is no reason why any educated Catholic should not go further, and bring
his knowledge of Catholic theology up to the standards of the other branches
of his knowledge . . .
A man’s mind develops after he leaves school; his knowledge and
experience increase, his view broadens, his judgment matures . . .
To expect the grown and mature mind of the man to be satisfied with the
hazy memory of what his immature mind had acquired from the limited
instruction suitable to boys is, at the least, imprudent; one runs the risk of
having religion rejected as inadequate. . .
Once educated, one reads differently; in fact it is only then that one
performs the exercise which we wish to describe as a daily practice of the
spiritual life. . .
Spiritual reading is a food, and we must digest what we read. . .
we must read slowly. . .
This exercise should be a daily one. . .
it should always be closely connected with prayer. . .
We must read in the spirit of faith. . . (that is) we must believe that God
will speak to us in our reading, and when he does speak, we must be ready to
listen to him and heed his words.
Fr. Boylan mentions one particular reading problem that other Catholics may
have experienced: being left cold by readings about the lives of saints.
Often, he says, the saints are presented as individuals who were always
other-worldly, saintly creatures, not capable of spitting, stumbling or
uttering an evil word. Boylan notes that the saints books are improving (this
was in the 1960s), but books about the saints may not be as fruitful as books
by the saints.
This little booklet is a gem. If you would like a copy, please send $1 (60
cents for the booklet plus mailing) to View from the Pew, P.O. Box 700084, San
Jose, CA 95170-0084.
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Leaving the Church because of scandal makes us no better
than Judas Iscariot
(Editor’s note: This response was written in reply to those Catholics who
feel abuses compel them to leave the Church.)
Dear Editor: It is surely proof of divine care that the Church has survived
its clergy. And there is another point that goes right to the heart of being
scandalized by the Church: Leaving the Church for such a reason makes as much
sense as apostatizing because Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. Fundamentally, my
faith is a matter of accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior, and resolving to
live discipleship as He would have me live it, within the community of His
disciples. If Judas betrayed Him, if the others turned tail and ran out of the
garden, that does not excuse me from discipleship or from the obligation to
stand at the Foot of the Cross with Mary and John, as I do at each Mass I
attend. I mustn’t take my eyes off Jesus, and abandon Him just because others
have. If the option which tempts me is to continue to try to be a disciple,
but to do without the Church which has so disappointed me – yes, in many ways
our religion would be more comfortable for many of us without the
inconvenient, maddening Church . . . which is why I should be profoundly
suspicious of that very comfortable option! After all, the faults of the
Church are OUR faults – yours and mine.
Finally, there is a theological axiom which we can never meditate upon too
deeply – Grace builds upon Nature. Grace perfects Nature, it does not
obliterate it. I think this has bearing here because there are so many
Catholics who seem to idealize the workings of grace in the life of priests
and religious.While I was going through that nine-year exercise in congenital
idiocy that my bishop dignifies with the term "formation program," it was
occasionally mentioned to us that we should be using the time to acquire the
habits of prayer and study etc., which we would need as priests, for they
would not be magically vouchsafed on the day of ordination. I knew that this
was true – on some level. But as I look back it is obvious that on another
level, I didn’t expect that this was true at all, for surely there was a
transformation worked by ordination.Well, surely there is. But that is the
story of the "life hid with Christ in God," as Paul tells the Colossians; the
day after ordination I woke up the same man, with the same sinful tendencies,
but now with a greater obligation to strive for holiness and with the
assistance of the grace of orders. I stress this point because I’m afraid
Catholics too readily idealize clergy. Religious, and even the saints, as
though these are somehow "other" types of beings, are somehow made differently
for the path to holiness, and there is a subtle danger in that holiness
becomes an ideal out of reach of "regular Christians," whereas, of course, it
is the invitation extended to us all. I suspect that many do not hear that
invitation because they too readily idealize that call to holiness and think
it is for others. And they become utterly scandalized when a priest or
religious falls into sin and become disheartened, which is the great danger I
fear. (Incidentally, nowadays we priests make exactly the opposite mistake. We
so emphasize our utter humanity and so de-emphasize grace and the supernatural
that we are utterly focused upon ourselves, our needs, our frailties. It is
literally true that in seminary we had almost nothing of practical, spiritual
or pastoral training, and that virtually all of the advice we heard had to do
with being good to ourselves, taking time off, pacing ourselves, learning to
say "No," and avoiding "burnout" – a complete denial of the reality that what
we are seeing in the priesthood today ain’t burnout, it is rust-out. But this
is the subject of another diatribe).
J Bright Views J
Know where not to shop ’em
The St. Antoninus
Institute of Washington, D.C., has increased the pressure on corporations that
support abortion by publishing the Pro-Life Shopping Guide. The guide lists
more than 100 corporations and more than 3,000 subsidiaries and brands linked
to the pro-abortion movement.The guide can be downloaded from the following
Web address; http://www.ewtn.com/antonin/listab.htm. A small donation is
requested to support the institute’s effort. The guide is also available in a
hard-copy version by calling Dr. Jean-Francois Orsini at (202) 686-0849.
Company aborts pill
German drug manufacturer
Hoecht AG said it was transferring all rights for RU-486 to a former manager
and would cease production of the drug.Hoecht said it had suffered damage to
its image through association with the pill. Hoecht’s French subsidiary,
Roussel Uclaf, will cease manufacturing, marketing and distributing the
drug.In the United States, Hoecht has already transferred rights to the
non-profit organization The Population Council at the request of the
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Condom distribution balloons
government has made a grant of $1.6 million to Population Services
International to expand its condom marketing program to fight AIDS in
Cambodia.The grant brings to $4 million the amount of funding for PSI programs
in Cambodia. In 1996, PSI sold 9.5 million condoms to this country of 18.5
million people. The condoms are promoted through advertising, aggressive sales
and a popular mascot dressed in a giant condom that appears at public
30 fetuses found in box
The hot item from
San Bernardino in March was the discovery of a box containing 30 fetuses. The
fetuses appeared to be in early stages of development, according to sheriff’s
deputies.Why does the media care? They weren’t babies. Were they?
Consider the source . . .
An Alabama judge
whose order that the Ten Commandments must be removed from a courtroom sparked
large protests was named the winner of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage
award.Circuit Court Judge Charles Price will be presented with the 425,000
award by members of President Kennedy’s family at a ceremony at the John F.
Kennedy Library and museum in Boston on May 29, the 80th anniversary of the
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