Here is some encouraging news from Ireland: a new movement that aims at bringing back chastity and purity to the lives of young people. These beautiful virtues used to be an important part of Catholic Irish identity before the Sexual Revolution of the sixties, and the recent Secular attacks on traditional Christian marriage and the family.
“Pure In Heart offers an engaging and balanced presentation to adolescents that promotes a healthy attitude towards love and relationships. Our primary aim is to encourage young people to become the best version of themselves by promoting their self-worth, a positive self-image, and provide the necessary skills to build lasting relationships. We have spoken to over 125.000 young people to date and further groups have since been established in England, Wales, Haiti, U.S., Kenya and Liberia.”
[Edit.: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 16:19).
Sadly, this description above of the Pure In Heart movement makes no mention of Ireland’s Catholic roots, or the underlying reason why we have “self-worth” to start with. Such is the current hostile mood towards the Church in Ireland, it was considered wiser to focus only on the humanistic and ethical benefits of chastity first of all, even though the great majority of its members are in fact practicing Catholics.]