translated from Spanish: The Argentine Church said «Yes to sex education» but put its limits

«education is thus an excellent way to prevent abortion, early sexual initiation, sexually transmitted diseases, violence and sexual abuse», He said the release of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic education and apostolate of the laity, and Pastoral family of the Conference Episcopal Argentina.

The brief refers to one of the topics of the moment: the legalization of abortion. However, they considered that that measure is no solution since «it is a human, personal and social drama».

As a result, since the Church admitted they realized «that must begin with sex education», since only a good education «allows to make free and responsible decisions».

The Church suggests that education begins in childhood through adolescence and combine «aspects biological, psychological, cultural, social, emotional, ethical and religious».

In the statement they suggest that, from educational institutions, respect the message giving in the home: «a coherent message, aligned, complementary, with respect to which they are receiving at home».

The released text makes mention that men and women were created by God «not only as individuals, but as partners in couple, as a community of love». 

They reaffirmed that sexual education «must be hearts and minds» of young people to reach «growth human and Christian full and harmonious». 

The full release: sex education is now on the table of the political, social, cultural and educational dialogue in our Argentina. The recent debate showed that abortion is no solution, but is a human drama, personal and social. We have become aware that must start by the sex education that integrates all the dimensions of the person. Could be observed, moreover, that there is consensus that such education should not be limited to «know what to do so that a young woman is not pregnant», or to know the body of men and women like those who merely know the performance of a device, but rather that education must be comprehensive, i.e., whole person: their spirituality, their values, their emotions, their thoughts, context social, economic, family and of course your body and your health. It should be an education for love, including sexuality, but which is not limited only to her. Education and is also a road that is excellent to prevent abortion, early sexual initiation, sexually transmitted diseases, violence and sexual abuse. We are convinced that we must take further steps to strengthen sexual education in the family and school environment. This encourages us dad Francis in Amoris Laetitia, where it says clearly «Yes to sex education» (1). It is a positive, progressive and interdisciplinary, sexual education as it reminds us also of the teaching of the Church (2). Only a good education allows you to make free and responsible decisions. Many educational institutions, for some time, had implemented the sex education but for multiple reasons, in several of them not have undertaken this task systematically. They are necessary cross-cutting projects that include children and adolescents of our students and extends to the educational community, linking biological, psychological, cultural, social, emotional, ethical, and religious. Public school in general and the Catholic in particular, may support the irreplaceable task and right having parents to the sexual education of their sons and daughters, with theoretical elements, scientific and pedagogical, taking advantage of the fact that children, girls and adolescents spend too much time in educational institutions. However, it is very important that boys and girls in the school receive a coherent message, aligned, complementary, with respect to those who receive home. In that sense, comprehensive sex education must respect the institutions of religious freedom, and freedom of conscience, sacred and inalienable right which must always be guarded (3). Our Christian faith and Catholic offers a vision of the human person very valuable, comprehensive and integral. It is a contribution to the good of all who are called to offer (4). Man and woman are created by God with the same dignity and as such perform its vocation to be the image of God «not only as individuals, but as partners in couple, as a community of love» (5). Human sexuality indicates that the person is performed in the gift of herself to the other (6) and in this context eroticism appears as specifically human manifestation of sexuality, in it you can find «the esponsalicio meaning of the body and the real dignity of the don «(7). Sex education, as all true education, must form the hearts and the minds of our young people in order to a full and harmonious human and Christian growth by that claim the right to educate our children and young people according to their own ideology and ethical and religious convictions, trusting that a true and democratic dialogue will lead us to increase the meeting and social friendship. 3 October 2018
Episcopal Commission for Catholic education
Episcopal Commission of laymen and family (1) FRANCISCO, Post-Synodal Apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, 280.
(2) Council Vatican II, Declaration Gravissimum educationis, 1.
(3) cf. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of human rights.
(4) Episcopal Commission of education Catholic of the Conference Episcopal Argentina, sexuality in the schools education
2006, II, 5.
(5) Congregation for Catholic education. Educational guidance on human love. Patterns of sexual education, 26.
(6) cf. Gaudium Spes, 24.

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