- WHY FATIMA
- FATIMA CENTER
- PRAYER & DEVOTION
The Magisterium of the Church has actually prohibited classroom sex-ed. In the encyclical On Christian Education of Youth, Pope Pius XI teaches: "Far too common is the error of those who with dangerous assurance and under an ugly term propagate a so-called sex-education, falsely imagining they can forearm youth against the dangers of sensuality by means purely natural, such as a foolhardy initiation and precautionary instruction for all, indiscriminately, even in public; ..." To emphasize the prohibition, Pius XI asserts that "if, all things considered, some private instruction is found necessary and opportune, from those who hold from God the commission to teach and have the grace of state, every precaution must be taken. Such precautions are well known in traditional Christian education ..."
In the same encyclical, in the next few sentences, Pius XI explains the tradition, citing from Cardinal Antoniano, companion of Saints Philip Neri and Charles Borromeo: "Hence it is of the highest importance that a good father, while discussing with his son a matter so delicate, should be well on his guard and not descend into details ..." Notice how the Holy Father speaks of instructions in private, but certainly not in classrooms, no matter if it be a part of the regular curriculum or a separate program.
There have been other authoritative admonitions and exhortations for Catholics to reject classroom sex-ed. Take, for example, the decree of the Holy Office [now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] issued March 21, 1931, which in part reads:
Question: May the method called "sex education" or even "sex initiation" be approved?
Answer: No. In the education of youth the method to be followed is that hitherto observed by the Church and the Saints as recommendedby His Holiness the Pope in the encyclical dealing with the Christian education of youth, promulgated on December 31, 1929.
"The first place is to be given to the full, sound and continuous instruction in religion ...
"Hence, no approbation whatever can be given to the advocacy of the new method even as taken up recently by some Catholic authors and set before the public in printed publications."
The pseudo-progress in sexology was exposed and the prohibition of classroom sex education reasserted by Pope Pius XII in 1951. On September the 18th, in a solemn address delivered to French Fathers of Families, His Holiness warned:
"Even the principles so wisely illustrated by our predecessor Pius XI, in the Encyclical Divini Illius Magistri (on Christian Education of Youth), on sex-education and questions connected thereto are set aside - a sad sign of the times! - with a smile of compassion: 'Pius XI', they say, 'wrote twenty years ago for his times! Great progress has been made since then!'" It is clear that Pope Pius XII condemned so-called classroom 'Sex Ed.'
The teaching of sex education in the classroom is a violation of natural law. The authoritative pronouncements of the Popes and the clarification of the Holy Office prove that classroom sex education is immoral, and, because it is prohibited, also illicit. Keep in mind that the teaching of the Magisterium in this matter is still binding in mind and in conscience.
Almost needless to say, the prohibition of the Holy See has not been widely heeded. Despite the crystal clear teaching of the Church on the matter of classroom sex-ed, there are still those who claim that the Church has changed its position. Such a claim is absolutely false!