On Tuesday 3rd April 2018, the then Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, announced that there would be a major review of Relationships and Sexuality Education in Irish schools. The Minister said “The RSE curriculum fulfils an important function. Every student has a right to access information about sexual health, relationships and sexuality, and this must be delivered in a factual manner in every school. This review will help to inform decisions regarding the content of the curriculum and how it is delivered. I want to ensure that the RSE curriculum meets the needs of young people today, who face a range of different issues to those faced by young people in the late 1990s.”
The minister may have had very good intentions but the basic problem in relation to Catholic schools and Catholic parents, is that the Catholic Church has a very different understanding of the meaning of human sexuality from that which is currently in vogue in government circles. Also, the issues faced by young people today are not that much different from those faced in the late 1990s. Young girls become pregnant in the same way today as they did in the 1990s. Sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted in the same way, in fact, nothing has really changed regarding these issues at all.
The Primary End of Human Sexuality.
What has changed significantly in modern western society, is that human sexuality has been separated from its primary purpose or end, which is children. With this separation has also come a separation from morality. When the secondary end of pleasure replaces the primary end of children, a change which has been greatly facilitated by artificial contraception, then human sexual activity needs no longer to be confined to marriage or even to heterosexual relationships. The new amoral norm becomes, ‘if it feels good, it is good’, and this new norm must be taught to children, even as young as four years old. The existence of ‘consent’ has also become a false new measure to justify immoral sexual activity outside of marriage. According to the new norm, sexual acts are moral provided the parties to the acts have given their consent. This is to be taught to our school children as well.
Another change that has occurred in our society is that in the past, adults giving graphic information about human sexuality to very young children was rightly called child abuse. Today, exposing children to pornographic sex education, is promoted as a human right by our governments, political parties and other vested interests.
The Role of Parents.
Some of what I now write may not be suitable reading material for children. I really wish I did not have to write it, or even to research this matter, but parents need to realise the huge threat that is now posed to their children’s innocence in primary schools in Ireland. This includes Catholic primary schools. We must be careful to distinguish between ‘innocence’ and ‘ignorance’. Young people need to learn the truth about God’s wonderful gift of human sexuality, but only when they are mature enough and well formed enough for it not to disturb their innocence and purity. The necessary information should be delivered to them by their parents, within the framework of Catholic morality, not by the secular, abortion promoting state. Pope Pius XI puts it very well in his encyclical on Christian Education – Divini Illius Magistri :
“Such is our misery and inclination to sin, that often in the very things considered to be remedies against sin, we find occasions for and inducements to sin itself. 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 to details, nor refer to the various ways in which this infernal hydra destroys with its poison so large a portion of the world; otherwise it may happen that instead of extinguishing this fire, he unwittingly stirs or kindles it in the simple and tender heart of the child. Speaking generally, during the period of childhood it suffices to employ those remedies which produce the double effect of opening the door to the virtue of purity and closing the door upon vice.” (Pope Pius XI quoting Cardinal Silvio Antoniano – Divini Illius Magistri para 67)
Government Does Not Seek To Protect Children’s Innocence.
Our government does not wish to protect the innocence and purity of our children, far from it. Our government is putting into place a business plan that was designed by the world’s foremost abortion provider, to ensure that there will be a demand for their abortion and contraceptive services in the future.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation, is a multi-million-dollar industry that relies heavily on young people engaging in sexual activity from an early age in order to ensure a steady demand for contraceptives, and a steady supply of what they term ‘unwanted pregnancies’, to keep their abortion centres in business. They are also in the business of treating the ever-increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases which arise from the increased sexual activity. The way they do this is by lobbying governments to make classroom sex-education mandatory from around the age of four. They also work closely with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.
In 2010, the World Heath Organisation, through its affiliate in Germany, produced a 68-page document called ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe’. The report begins as follows. “The World Health Organisation European Region faces many challenges with regard to sexual health: rising rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI), unintended teenage pregnancies and sexual violence, to name just a few.”
The Age of Ideological Inconsistencies.
In this age of ideological inconsistencies, the World Health Organisation fails to note that the challenges they mention would all be solved if young people refrained from sexual activity. But being ideologists, the World Health Organisation, advised by Planned Parenthood who have a vested financial interest in ‘unwanted pregnancies’, instead of discouraging sexual activity, wishes to teach young people that it is good to have sex so long as it is sterile, pleasurable, consensual and that protection is used against STDs. There is no mention of marriage and no mention that the primary end and purpose of sexual activity is to beget children.
The World Health Organisation believes that sex education should be mandatory with no option for parents to withdraw their children from these classes. They have created the term ‘holistic sex education’ which focuses on the pleasurable and what they call ‘positive’ aspects of human sexuality, and they deride parents saying, “parents (including those from minority populations) are often supportive of sexuality education in schools, because they themselves are not up to the task or feel embarrassed to approach it.” The World Health Organisation also want sex education to be an exam subject.
In promoting their ‘holistic sex education’ the World Health Organisation state, “In Western Europe, sexuality, as it emerges and develops during adolescence, is not primarily perceived as a problem and a threat, but as a valuable source of personal enrichment.”
Remember when you read this that the World Health Organisation is talking about unmarried children.
The World Health Organisation also defines sexual health as follows. “Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”
Again, remember that we are talking about children here, even primary school children, who, according to the World Health Organisation should have “the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”
The World Health Organisation, in dealing with what it calls ‘sexual rights’, does acknowledge that not all rights apply to children. They mention consensual marriage and the right to decide on childbearing as not applying to children, but they do not exclude the right to “pursue a satisfying, safe and pleasurable sexual life” from children.
Consent is the New Moral Norm.
This document also quotes from United Nations documents some of which should put the fear of God into parents. They speak of the term ‘intimate citizenship’ and this is where they promote the idea of ‘consent’ as the basis for a new sexual morality which they call ‘moral negotiation’. Now, well formed Catholics know that there are absolute moral norms which are non-negotiable. For example, sexual activity outside of sacramental marriage is always immoral and good Catholic parents will teach this moral principle to their children. However the United Nations and the World Health Organisation have a different view altogether which they seek to impose on your children through mandatory sex education, aided and abetted by the Irish government.
“The demands which intimate citizenship makes on the individual are reflected at the societal level in human and sexual rights. Entitlement to these rights implies respect and a permanent realization of the entitlement to equality between the sexes and sexual autonomy for the individual, free from coercion and exploitation. This entitlement strengthens the individual against intrusions by the family or society. Recognizing and taking into account sexual rights is essential if we are to claim, promote and protect these rights for others as well.”
Excluding Catholic Parents.
Read that quote from the UN slowly and carefully. Children’s sexual rights, which according to these people include the right to pursue a satisfying, safe and pleasurable sexual life, is to be free from ‘intrusions’ by the family. What this means is that a Catholic parent, instructing their children in the teachings of the Catholic Church on human sexuality, will be deemed to be interfering with the entitlements of their children, and intruding into their children’s lives.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation works very closely with the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. They believe that it is OK to watch pornography, so long as it is not too much. They promote masturbation as a health benefit to young school age children. They promote contraception and abortion. They seek to remove the stigma attached to contracting a sexual disease, after all, most of them can be easily treated. They are only opposed to violent sexual practices if the violence is non-consensual. Consensual sexual violence is OK. This organisation wants to teach your children. Many of their immoral and depraved programmes are already finding their way into Irish schools through their Irish affiliate, The Irish Family Planning Association, which receives funding both from Planned Parenthood and the Irish government.
Catholic parents have a serious moral duty to protect their children from these harmful programmes and in Ireland, we need to take stock very quickly and to form an action plan.
We Have Been Steadily Losing the Culture War.
What I am about to say now, is not meant to detract from the hard work that has been done by Ireland’s stalwart pro-life people. However, it has been clear for well over a decade and possibly for more than two decades, that we have been steadily losing the moral war in our country. We have divorce, contraception, so called ‘same-sex’ marriage, abortion, widespread pornography, and a growing problem with sexually transmitted diseases. Divorce, abortion and ‘same-sex marriage, were all introduced by popular vote. But the same losing tactics and policies continue to be used. We must change our battle strategy if we are to have any hope of reclaiming our nation for Christ the King.
I don’t have the audacity to claim that I have all the answers, I am only too aware of my own faults, failings and sinfulness. But we must change how we are fighting in this war for the souls of our children, or we will lose the next generation to the world as well. We must stop basing our strategies solely on secular worldly methods and we must once again put our Catholic faith to the forefront of all our actions. I was so disappointed to attend one of the pro-life Marches in Dublin prior to the abortion referendum, to see Our Lady relegated to the back of the March. We should have been proud to have Our Lady leading that March rather than having her at the back in order to satisfy those who were deemed to be religious. We will never win this battle without our Blessed Mother.
The French philosopher Blanc de Saint-Bonnet, speaking of the clergy in the late 1800s said.
“Charity leads them into all the regions withdrawn from the light they bring – so much do they abhor all that takes us away from God.
Focusing on the Human rather than the Divine.
For two centuries, clerics have been studying our worldly ideas so as to penetrate our minds, even going so far as to borrow the idiom that attracts the admiration of men in order to speak to us. Without realising it they found themselves seeing the world through our spectacles, and, like us, thinking with the mind of the world. From then on, the great catastrophe was in preparation. For thenceforth it was the human rather than the divine perspective which prevailed.”
This great catastrophe is reaching its crescendo in Ireland and sweeping all before it. We must once again put the Divine perspective first in all our actions and public utterances if we are to rout our enemies from the City of God that is Ireland. Failure is not an option and we will continue to fail until we return Christ and Our Lady to their rightful place as head of our Catholic organisations. We must also encourage our clergy to do likewise.
May God bless you