CP&S first blogged about this here.
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International life-and-family leaders who have defended Catholic teaching on marriage, sexuality, and life for decades have called the Vatican’s newly released sex-ed program for teens “thoroughly immoral,” “entirely inappropriate,” and “quite tragic.”
“I find it monstrous that an official arm of the Church would not only create a sexual education program for teens but one that bypasses parents as the primary educator of their children,” said Dr. Thomas Ward, Founder and President of the National Association of Catholic Families as well as a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
The program, titled “The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People,” was released in July by the Pontifical Council for the Family to be presented to young people at World Youth Day in Poland.
While the new Vatican program has many positive qualities, its defects cannot be underestimated. These include:
- Handing the sexual formation of children over to educators while leaving parents out of the equation.
- Failing to name and condemn sexual behaviors, such as fornication, prostitution, adultery, contracepted-sex, homosexual activity, and masturbation, as objectively sinful actions that destroy charity in the heart and turn one away from God.
- Failing to warn youths about the possibility of eternal separation from God (damnation) for committing grave sexual sins. Hell is not mentioned once.
- Failing to distinguish between mortal and venial sin.
- Failing to speak about the 6th and 9th commandment, or any other commandment.
- Failing to teach about the sacrament of confession as a way of restoring relationship with God after committing grave sin.
- Not mentioning a healthy sense of shame when it comes to the body and sexuality.
- Teaching boys and girls together in the same class.
- Having boys and girls share together in class their understanding of phrasessuch as: “What does the word sex suggest to you?”
- Asking a mixed class to “point out where sexuality is located in boys and girls.”
- Speaking about the “process of arousal.”
- Using sexually explicit and suggestive images in activity workbooks (here, here, and here).
- Recommending various sexually explicit movies as springboards for discussion (see below for links).
- Failing to speak about abortion as gravely wrong, but only that it causes “strong psychological damage.”
- Confusing youths by using phrases such as “sexual relationship” to indicate not the sexual act, but a relationship focused on the whole person.
- Speaking of “heterosexuality” as something to be “discover[ed].”
- Using gay icon Elton John (while not mentioning his activism) as an example of a gifted and famous person.
- Endorsing the “dating” paradigm as a step towards marriage.
- Not stressing celibacy as the supreme form of self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.
- Failing to mention Christ’s teaching on marriage.
- Treating sexuality as a separate subject instead of as something integrated into the doctrinal and moral teachings of the Church.
Tell the Vatican to retract this deeply flawed new sex-ed curriculum. Sign the petition.
Signed, sealed and delivered. It’s utter insanity for Holy Mother Church to be associated with this sex-ed program.
This sex-ed program is against God,s 10 commandments
Pope (?) Francis I is certainly not The Holy Triune God’s representative on this Earth! My Faith tells me that this interloper is a huge challenge for and to the Faithful of The Roman Catholic Church! We must be ever vigilant and watchful and point out falsehoods swiftly and loudly! This pope (?) is another example of a man mad with power, who wants more and more power and influence by the inappropriate involvement of The Roman Catholic Church! May God continue to guide Holy Mother Church – Amen!
Reblogged this on katusablog and commented:
Unfortunately, this pope (?), Francis I, has his own agenda across the board; he seems more interested in wielding power and influence in ways contrary to whole history and essence of The Roman Catholic Church! Please sign the petition; enough is enough!
katusablog (21:44) says –
“Pope (?) Francis I is certainly not The Holy Triune God’s representative on this Earth!”
Yes he is. Your Catholicity is DEformed. And it’s Francis, not Francis 1.
I thought CP&S only welcomed (except for Toad, a grandfathered semi-blind man) “constructive debate…loyally support[ing] the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the successor of Peter…” Has that policy changed?
Not my favourite pope, and I’ve been vexed these past years, but so what? As real Catholics (cf: the rapscallion to whom I’m replying) there’s a clear bright line we must draw between him and his underlings, even if we disagree with him, even despise him. The sacredness of his Petrine Office – it’s inviolability – has paramountcy over our legitimate but subordinate worries.
My sister is a lesbian. My mother was illegitimate. My maternal grandmother was probably a prostitute. But don’t ever attack them in my presence, because they are mine, and they are the only sister, mother and maternal grandmother I have, just as Francis is the only pope who is mine on August 31st, 2016. Personal attacks on Francis are the devil’s work. I vomit them out of my mouth.
Ironic that katusablog chooses a mongrel dog (or bitch – hard to tell) as his avatar whilst posing as a full breed Catholic. Will these comments of mine be “reblogged” on his personal katusasedevacantistblog? I doubt it. Robert John probably knows.
I feel obliged, on behalf of our team here on CP&S to respond to katusablog’s comments earlier. The Holy Father can be frustrating, and there have been occasions of confusions and bewilderment amongst we the faithful. Unequivocally Francis IS Peter. Christ’s Vicar on Earth. We abhor sedevacantism, and whilst encouraging debate – even controversial debate, we uphold our Roman Catholic Faith, its traditions, and its orthodoxy. History will judge Francis as will Almighty God along with each one of us.
John Henry is absolutely right to emphasize the sacredness and inviolability of the Petrine Office, and for this, I am sure most of us would willingly and freely accept a crown of martyrdom if called.
It is incumbent on us all in these troubled times to pray, fast and stubbornly hold on to our Faith as passed down from Our Blessed Lord himself.
My apology to CP&S and any of The Faithful offended by my comments regarding Pope Francis I. It was not my intention to do harm or offer insult.
In future comments, I will endeavor to choose my words with more deliberate, and prayerful, care.
Thank you, Gertrude, for your kind and clear response; yes, “there have been occasions of confusions and bewilderment…”!
May God Bless us all and The Holy Spirit continue to offer enlightenment and clarity – Amen!
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Thank you, Gertrude and Katusablog.
I agree with JH and Gertrude and salute the apparent graciousness of Katusablog but still I have this deep feeling of unease in the pit of my gut. I am sure I am not alone. I love the Church. I abhor sedavacantism. The Holy Father must take some blame for that unease but that does not diminish in anyway my regard for the Office held. I struggle with the man holding that position.
I have accepted correction and guidance in these pages in the past and will so in the future. I cannot bring my self to Pray for the Holy Fathers intentions but Pray daily for him and the Church.
I have said before that we, the Church, sometimes deserve the Pope we get. Having now stated my position how is it perceived by others who grace these pages and will I just have to ‘endure’ those feelings of unease.
I look forward to any advice offered as I am sure are many others…
I agree with all you have said on a personal level, and also the difficulty some have in praying for the Holy Father’s Intentions especially when some of his intentions are, shall we say, a trifle obscure.
All any of us can do is pray for Holy Mother Church, the Holy Father himself and (and this is one of my priorities) for holy and orthodox young men to examine their vocations to the Holy Priesthood.
Holy Mother Church has had good and bad popes in its history, many of whom have not courted such public popularity so obviously.
Get your rosary out and seek the intercession of Our Blessed Lady.
I also thank JH for his observant intervention.. And I thank katusablog for her very gracious response to Gertrude’s brilliant affirmation of our blog’s policy of upholding the “sacredness and inviolability of the Petrine Office”. (Thank you once more, Gertrude, and for your very good advice above.)
We recognise Pope Francis as the one and only Holy Father; we pray for him. We are not sedevacantists.
That does not take away from the right of every Catholic to criticise, and always with charity, even the Pope himself (as even saints and great apologists of the Faith have done throughout the history of the Church) when we see glaring errors that are harmful to the Church emanating from his non-binding works, words and/or writings, and when these give way to producing nothing but mass confusion among the faithful.
Geoff @ 08:37
I know exactly how you feel and what you are saying. Be assured that there are very many of us struggling in the same way: how to give the due love, reverence and obedience we, as Catholics, owe the Holy Father, Christ’s Vicar on Earth, when he in his actions, words and writings is so apparently at odds with the Catholic Faith’s teaching and mission as we have always understood it. Yes, it is a real dilemma, and I symapathise with you and all my dear orthodox Catholic friends, both here and over the web (as a glance at the comment sections in many of the traditional blogs reveal), who are suffering the same qualms of conscience.
A question was sent to Father Z by a commenter on how to pray for the “Pope’s intentions”, when those intentions that he had just seen for September are once again so seemingly worldly and humanistic! Here’s an excerpt from Fr Z’s level-headed reply:
“The Pope usually assigns two petitions or intentions, one general and one of a more missionary spirit. Coming up in September we are to pray for these intentions which the Holy Father has designated:
Universal: Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
In regard to the first, I had to scratch my head a little…. “the building of a society that places the human person at the center”? The human person and not God? I am reminded of the way the prayers for the Feast of Christ the King were altered. In the older Missale Romanum the orations see Christ as being, now, King of all earthly things. In the newer Missale, Christ is seen more as an eschatological King.”
Father Z then goes on to describe how a priest friend had contacted him with the same concerns, saying: “How can I pray for the Holy Father’s intentions when I believe them to be contrary to the Faith?” and mentioning the August intentions as having been equally disturbing.
(I had said the same in a post last month, calling the first intention “pagan” in its wording. This provoked a lot of heated complaints from some of our commenters!!)
Father Z calmly goes on to advise his priest friend (and all of us) with:
“Perhaps this will help. If there are monthly intentions which cause you to scratch your head, you might add when you pray for the Pope’s intentions the words…
“in the manner in which the Holy Father’s intention fulfills Thy Will O, Lord.””
I agree with this last excellent advice from our good Fr Z, and in fact I have been adding words to the same effect in my daily morning offering to Our Blessed Lord for some time. He knows and understands we only wish for what is in His Most Sacred Heart, and will transform a poorly worded “intention” into a holy prayer.
And there’s the out in praying for the Pope’s intentions: Father Z advises adding the words, “in the manner in which the Holy Father’s intentions fulfills Thy Will, O Lord.”
Mr. Kiernan, I greatly appreciate your comments and share your unease, that feeling in the pit of your gut. Of course, you are not alone in your observations and thoughtful, prayerful conclusions!
“Schism” keeps popping into my head!
I am not in a position to advise you in such matters; however, I share your deeply felt concerns and a sense of this all being ‘at-odds’ with Our Holy Mother Church!
You are right; we are far from alone among The Faithful!
God Bless You, sir — keep the faith!
Pope (?) Francis I is certainly not The Holy Triune God’s representative on this Earth! My Faith tells me that this interloper is a huge challenge for and to the Faithful of The Roman Catholic Church!
This pope (?) is another example of a man mad with power, who wants more and more power and influence by the inappropriate involvement of The Roman Catholic Church!
Katusablog, the apology for the tone you used is beside the point. You’ve staked out a clear and unequivocal position. You claim that:
a) The Pope is certainly not God’s representative
b) He is an interloper in the Church
c) He is mad with power
d) His ‘involvement’ with the church is inappropriate, and is simply to serve his agenda of advancing his power.
Instead of apologizing, could you please justify each of those 4 assertions with strong evidence. And in each case where you cannot do that, offer an unequivocal retraction.
I remind again of Our Lord express question to St Peter and All the Popes.
“Lovest Thou ME more than the Rest? Feed MY Lambs.”
MY Lambs means Catholics and bound by Catholicism .
Thats NOT LIBERALISM but Catholicism.
Obedience is Love it goes both Ways. In other words I expect a Holy Father to be a Father with a Love for Christs Flock. The Flock in turn hear the Shepherds Voice and respond with Love and Obedience.
Not the False Despotic Obedience of the World but that of the Kingdom Of God.
The dreadful evidence of Catholic child abuse brought to light in the last few decades requires rather more than Blind Obedience else the parent becomes complicit in that abuse.
“Avoid the Occasions of Sin”
Thanks for the reminder Roger. Katusablog has apologized very graciously for any offence that may have been given. However an apology for giving offence, however welcome, is somewhat beside the point. Four claims about the pope have been made, given their serious nature; it would be much appreciated if Katusablog would defend or retract each one. (And it would be far more worthwhile than apologizing for “causing offence”
Just so, Tom. I intend to issue katusablog an apology a few minutes before Hell freezes over for making vulgar fun of her avatar; but that was before I learned katusa is of the weaker sex, which had I known would have caused me to use more temperate language. But yes, her theological offence is more serious than my vulgar one. Something in addition to her sincere apology for causing offence is in order. But no, is she much worser (Grade 9 English – Ontario) than RJB?
I’m sure Katusablog is perfectly lovely. But I note that one of the oldest rhetorical tricks in the book is to say what you really think in the most outrageous terms possible. When people complain, apologize profusely for the tone of your remarks and for offending people. If you do it well enough no one will notice that you haven’t repudiated the content of your remarks
And so, although Katusablog can choose not to of course, my message would be gracious apology accepted, do you hold to or retract your claims*
*a) The Pope is certainly not God’s representative
b) He is an interloper in the Church
c) He is mad with power
d) His ‘involvement’ with the church is inappropriate, and is simply to serve his agenda of advancing his power.
…which reminds me: there used to be a politician over here, a fairly famous one, by the name of W.A.C. Bennett (RIP) more popularly known as Wacky Bennett. No relation to our own Robert John Bennett, I’m sure.
(Oh, double, double, toil and trouble…my eyesight’s getting as bad as Toad’s.)
Yes, Tom. Very reasonable. She ought to be burnt in my view. Nothing less without a full retraction.
“Just say that I smiled and I smiled and I smiled!” – signature riposte when asked to respond to criticism from opposition party or media
I don’t think Toad is necessary to ginger things up on CP&S any more, is he.? (Probably never was)
You are all doing splendidly among yourselves. And giving the Pope a good laugh as well.
Good Eckhart quote:
“Why prate ye of God? Everything you say is untrue.”
I don’t think Toad is necessary to ginger things up on CP&S any more, is he.?
Nonsense Toad. If you stop posting here, you will be missed more than you probably appreciate.
[The Moderator – Could be so Tom, but others will be out celebrating.]
Could be so Tom, but others will be out celebrating
Well they shouldn’t be. Idiots.
Chill, bro. Toad’s been making threats to flounce off for yonks, typically on New Year’s Eve. Please see the old Pardon Crucifix thread, which the Holy Spirit (with His well honed sense of irony) has caused to appear here again today on CP&S, right next to Toady’s latest (^) warning about hopping off forever; but as I remarked on that long ago December 31st, 2012 @ 19:54, all that he’s capable of is a 3 day sabbatical.
JH, — In the light of your comment I recognise that I should be more careful about how I phrase things. My view is: Toad is Toad, and we will miss him if he withdraws his interest.
It’s always good to joke and jest with each other when exhausted thinking of and discussing more rarefied things – as I expect we’ll be doing tomorrow on CP&S with the very welcome honouring of Blessed Mother Teresa. Best regards. Shouldn’t you be abed, or are you in Timbuktu right now?
JH, it’s 04:13 AM, but in my defence I am at an airport, and by the time I get to Boston (love Boston!) it will be… some other time…
I didn’t say I was leaving, JH – just that I’m not necessary any more.
I shall merely become a luxury, as Oscar said.(sort of)
Safe journey and happy trails, pal! I’ve never been to Beantown, but now the “Big Dig” is finished, I intend to go during my next visit to sister’s place in, er, Northampton, about 100 miles west. I’ve always wanted to wander at leisure through the Boston Athenæum.
Yes, do stick around, Toadstool. Your wit is as waggish as your wisdom is wonky.
In other words,
“Pope Francis is entirely wicked.”
Whoops, sorry – I ‘misspoke,’
“Pope Francis is not entirely wicked.
An interesting observation, JH (2 above). It’s as though you have been preparing for the first reading at your church for this very Sunday. Toad, pay attention.
The reasonings of mortals are unsure
and our intentions unstable;
for a perishable body presses down the soul,
and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind.
It is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth,
laborious to know what lies within our reach;
who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?
As for your intention, who could have learnt it, had you not granted Wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from above?
Thus have the paths of those on earth been straightened
and men been taught what pleases you,
and saved, by Wisdom.
Eternal Wisdom talks to each Unique Eternal Soul with an Unique and Eternal Spirit and an Eternal Flesh (which for a time is subject to passibility)
Flesh and passibility is where this mistaken mortal perception lies.
The Resurrection of Our Lord proves that Man is immortal.
Each snowflakes is Unique.
Each blade of grass is Unique.
Each and Every humans ever Created is Unique.
Life as Created is Unique.
Mas has free will to choose between Heaven and Hell but in a very brief time on this Earth. This Earth itself a place of exile.
The term Reasoning of Mortals is therefor just that very small period of the passible state given to Man to choose with his Free Will His Eternity. Heaven or Hell.
The Church has spiritual Fathers and Mothers with a vow of virginity and chastity. The Viriginity of Our Lord and Our Lady the new Adam and Eve and that we are their children through Grace.
So this flawed curriculum is just a covert approval for approving Birth control with a license for Fornication (Sins of the Flesh). The worldly Anti Christian Socialist Policy of bring up a new Generation with a new Faith by deliberately separated them from Faith of their parents (Jesus and Mary).
“It is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth,
laborious to know what lies within our reach;
who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?”
Nobody, of course. So, let’s keep our eyes fixed firmly on the firmament, and get on with worrying about Isis and world poverty – and how rotten and worldly Pope Francis is.
Well said and summarized in your last paragraph, succinctly and accurately! Thank you!
Athena >>> goddess of wisdom. It took me a little while to clue in to what you were on about, which is probably why I was assigned the second reading today instead of the first.
Weaker sex, forsooth! 🙂
Greetings, JH. My comment (?) was intended mainly as a reflection on the “wonky wisdom”, that you mentioned, of a certain person (whom we need not name).
I’m sure you did better with the second reading than the splendid chap we had here at our Mass. He began by telling us that it was “a reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philemons” and later would pronounce “Onesimus” as “1-simus“. However, one should not get too picky, I suppose.