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"Pope Francis: ‘We must provide sex education in schools’"
"Pope Francis is advocating sex education in schools, saying he believes children 'must' be taught 'objective' lessons about human sexuality that aren’t 'soaked with ideological colonization.'
During an inflight press conference on his return to Rome from World Youth Day on Sunday, a Panamanian reporter asked the Pope his views on sex education, particularly in light of rising out-of-wedlock pregnancy rates in Central and Latin America. The reporter noted that critics of the Catholic Church blame the Church for the problem, 'because it opposes sex education.'
'I believe that we must provide sex education in schools,' Pope Francis responded to the reporter.
It’s difficult to know what Pope Francis means by 'objective' lessons in human sexuality, as one need look no further than the Vatican’s former Pontifical Council for the Family (now incorporated into the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life) to find a sex-ed program criticized by life and family leaders as 'thoroughly immoral' and 'entirely inappropriate.'
Two years ago, ahead of the 2016 World Youth Day in Poland, and under the direction of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the council released a sex-ed program for teens which included sexually explicit images, recommended sexually explicit movies as a springboard for discussion among mixed classes (boys and girls) ages 14-17, but left out any mention of mortal sin or the sixth and ninth commandments.
On the subject of sex-ed in Panama, the Pope said he didn’t want to enter into local politics but reiterated: 'we need to have sex education for children.'...
This is not the first time Pope Francis has spoken about the role of schools in providing sex education for children. A section in Chapter 7 of his apostolic exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, was dedicated to 'the need for sex education.' Yet there is no mention in the section of parental rights, but only of the need for 'educational institutions' to 'provide a positive and prudent sex education.'"
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