Catholic Dioceses to Use Explicit Curriculum
By Steve Jordahl, correspondent
May 27, 2003 (Family.org)
Several Catholic dioceses across America are planning to teach a sex-ed program designed by a group that used to advocate prostitution.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Boston is among the first to implement a sexually explicit curriculum designed to safeguard children from abuse. The problem is the curriculum — "Talking About Touching" — was written by the Committee for Children, a group that used to be called COYOTE, which stands for "Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics." COYOTE was founded by Margo St. James in 1973 to work for the repeal of prostitution laws.
The program takes very young children through abuse scenarios using anatomical names for body parts. Carol McKinley, a parent in the Boston archdiocese, is appalled.
"The ideas that we're giving 4- and 5-year-olds are that you have sexuality and this sexuality is a magnet to perverts," McKinley said. "This is kindergarten!"
The material has McKinley wondering why it's being used by some laypersons who teach Sunday School or catechism class in the Catholic Church — required classes for Catholic children.
"There's nothing in the entire program that speaks about what is right, what is wrong, what is virtue, what is sin, what is Roman Catholic and what is not."
McKinley and other objecting parents don't appear to have much of a choice. She said the Church is putting pressure on her to enroll her kids.
"If you're not going to submit yourself to this program, your children may not be eligible for the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the sacraments of confession or marriage, or anything else," McKinley said.
The Rev. Bob Carr, a Boston priest, said while pressure is being exerted on parents in some parishes, he will refuse, if ordered, to teach this curriculum in his parish.
"This has been approved by Planned Parenthood, it's been approved by SIECUS because they both use it," Carr said. " 'By their fruits you will know them.' "
By the way, SIECUS is the Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. — an organization that promotes abortion and liberal sex education.
As for the history behind the Committee for Children, spokeswoman Lois Matheson would rather not talk about that.
"I think that really distracts from the real issue here," Matheson said. "I don't know how that's relevant."
There are a lot of parents in Boston who could probably provide an answer.