Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bishops Rule Parents Can Avoid Religion Class Sex Ed

Does it seem like this isn't getting any coverage? Hmmmm. From the Catholic News Service.

Parents allowed to remove children from sex abuse training programs

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- New regulations issued May 15 by the U.S. bishops allow parents to remove their children from diocesan-sponsored training programs in child sex abuse prevention. The programs are part of the bishops' policies to prevent child sex abuse. But parents in some dioceses have objected to such programs, saying the training constitutes sex education, which they feel is the primary responsibility of the parents. Dioceses and Eastern-rite eparchies are required to provide the training -- known as safe environment programs -- to children attending church-run schools and those who participate in church programs. Such training is also required for clergy, religious, lay employees, parents and volunteers who come in contact with children. Under the new regulations adopted by the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee, dioceses and eparchies are still required to provide the safe environment programs. Parents, however, can choose not to have their children participate

Isn't it nice of the bishops to "allow" parents to protect their children from sex ed programs? Not really since it is the parents' right under Canon Law to protect their children from sex ed. The word on these programs was that NO ONE could opt out. No question the Sacraments will be used as a bargaining chip by the Dioceses in an attempt to force compliance but hopefully parents will stand strong and not fall for it.

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