The National Catholic Register looks at the implementation of a particular “safe environment sex education” program called “Talking about Touching,” a program which they’ve been foisting on children in the Archdiocese of Boston since 2003. I was an early and vocal opponent, writing about it here and in Catholic World Report twice.
Basically, the Archdiocese of Boston and other dioceses claim that they have modified the program to remove explicit description of body parts and “has been aligned with the archdiocese’s religious education curriculum guidelines and the Catechism to allow its principles to be taught in a Catholic catechetical framework.” Forgive me for being skeptical. Trust is a rare commodity that has to be re-earned. But no matter how much lipstick you put on this pig, it is still a pig.
There are basic philosophical problems. On one level, Talking about Touching itself is a problem because it is produced by a group whose genesis was in an ultra-feminist prostitution-legalization group founded by a “Dianic Wiccan priestess”. You can still find traces in it of a sexual morality outlook at odds with the Church’s teachings.
Deeper philosophical problems
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