Thursday, October 28, 2010

The truth and meaning of human sexuality

In view of the recent attempt by the former UN special rapporteur on education to push an international agenda aimed at sexualising children from an early age I think it is appropriate to consider the alternative The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality – Guidelines for Education within the Family which was issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family in 1995. It is essential reading for all parents (not just Catholics) who are concerned about the totally inappropriate and dangerous so-called ‘sex education’ that is provided in schools today. These are some of the chapter headings in the document: ‘True Love and Chastity’, ‘Father and mother as educators’, ‘Paths of formation within the family’, ‘Learning stages’ (this chapter covers ‘Four principles regarding information about sexuality’ – the years of innocence, puberty, adolescence in one’s plan in life, towards adulthood), and ‘Practical Guidelines’.

The Introduction to The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality suggests to us that:
‘Among the many difficulties parents encounter today, despite different social contexts, one certainly stands out: giving children an adequate preparation for adult life, particularly with regard to education in the true meaning of sexuality. There are many reasons for this difficulty and not all of them are new.
‘In the past, even when the family did not provide specific sexual education, the general culture was permeated by respect for fundamental values and hence served to protect and maintain them. In the greater part of society, both in developed and developing countries, the decline of traditional models has left children deprived of consistent and positive guidance, while parents find themselves unprepared to provide adequate answers. This new context is made worse by what we observe: an eclipse of the truth about man which, among other things, exerts pressure to reduce sex to something commonplace. …
‘Then the school, making itself available to carry out programmes of sex education, has often done this by taking the place of the family and, most of the time, with the aim of only providing information. Sometimes this really leads to the deformation of consciences. …’

On another occasion I hope to tell you about a related and valuable book entitled Tried but Untested – The aims and outcomes of sex education in schools. It was published in 1995, but its relevance to ‘sex education’ in schools today is even more disturbing than when it originally appeared.