Sex-Ed in Catholic schools: we’ve made progress but we can’t let up

As John reported on April 22, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced that the implementation of the new sex-education curriculum in Ontario schools has been placed on hold, for now.

This is excellent news. I’d like to thank all the parents, students and other concerned Catholics that courageously contacted the government on this policy.  I’d also like to thank Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, the bishops of Ontario and the Ottawa Catholic school board for their powerful interventions.  Great job!  It proves that we can make a difference.

That being said, we must not let up.  The battle is not won.  The government’s statements suggest that this is only a temporary reprieve.  They said things like “It’s become pretty obvious to us that we need to give this a serious rethink” and that they “didn’t have sufficient time to look at the information provided.” They didn’t commit to exempting Catholic schools altogether.

The truth is that a simple tinkering with the proposed curriculum is not going to cut it.  We should not let up until we’ve been assured that the Catholic schools will be completed exempt from this new curriculum.  Zero compromise.


3 thoughts on “Sex-Ed in Catholic schools: we’ve made progress but we can’t let up

  1. I would like to know if there is a difference in Catholic education between the provinces.

    Unlike Ontario, not all provinces fully fund Catholic schools. I wonder if that makes a difference to the Catholicity of the school.

  2. Hi Susan,

    I’m sure there are differences across provinces. Perhaps some of our readers from other provinces can provide some insight.

  3. Steve,
    The program in place right now, “Fully Alive” is not authentically Catholic. The program gives little to no attention to formation in chastity. Prayer is never promoted as being essential, either to chastity or to life. The list of problems with the program is actually very long. An excellent critique (and an easy read as well) can be found at:

    Although I agree with your statement above that bringing in a “Theology of the Body” type approach would be a great big step in the right direction, it simply is not in the cards. We have to stop being naive. The current group of bishops simply cannot be counted on to ensure our children and our parishes are receiving orthodox teachings. These are the same bishops that have not retracted the Winnipeg Statement, the same bishops that continue to support Development & Peace, the same bishops that have a piss poor attendance rate at the March for Life, the same bishops…… get the idea. And now out of the blue they are going to come down with a “Family Life Education” program that will start forming our kids in chastity. They are more interested in preserving their beloved collegiality than in the salvation of the souls entrusted to them.

    We cannot depend on them…the rot runs deep. We’re on our own…..

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