Judie Brown
Another Georgetown outrage
By Judie Brown
August 12, 2014

What has happened to childhood? What has happened to respect for families and their abilities to teach children morality? And why should an institute, let alone a Catholic institute, recommend introducing concepts and material regarding sexuality to very young children? It boggles the mind and sickens the soul. Instead of forcing our children to grow up so fast, we should be encouraging them to enjoy their childhoods and preparing them for a life with Christ.

Georgetown University, the alleged Catholic bastion of higher learning, has recently informed the public through one of its institutes that it is necessary for children to learn about sexual health at the age of 10!

In other words, ten-year-old children need sex education! Really?

The study was published in the Global Public Health journal and was written by four females associated with Georgetown's Institute for Reproductive Health. Of note is the statement that this study does not "necessarily" reflect the views of the university, though many of the footnotes come from previous studies and articles emanating from it. Further, the study was primarily funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development. Yes, that means our tax dollars once again work hard to pollute the cultural environment.

The institute's blog explains that, between the ages of 10 and 14, children should be taught how to navigate passage "from childhood to adulthood." The whole idea seems to revolve around the concept of developing a positive self image among children in this age group, apparently ignoring the transition period from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. I guess kids are supposed to skip adolescence entirely!

Interestingly, the study fails to suggest that virtue plays a very important part in this process of growing up and being prepared to handle sexual matters from a Catholic perspective. Don't you wonder how a Catholic university could ever associate its name with such balderdash?

Well wait, it does get worse!

The Campus Reform website comments, "The authors argue that kids are susceptible to experimentation during this four year span of developing sexual and gender identities, which could result in them taking unnecessary risks unless they are properly trained. The study also suggests that current programs either encourage abstinence-only solutions by telling teens sex is dirty, or the programs aren't tailored to this key age group, thereby making these solutions ineffective."

Really? Concerned Women for America spokesperson Alison Howard, along with many of us, simply do not agree. Howard tells LifeSiteNews, "We should be working toward restoring the quality of education to a level of excellence in academics without governmental mandates that are detrimental to parental rights."

One wonders if the release of this survey just accidentally coincides with the Planned Parenthood-driven, government push to become the guiding light for our children with nary a whisper about anything remotely connected with eternal salvation or the health of the soul. We must move away from these ungodly ideas and teach our kids respect for God and for His design of the human body.

Stop Planned Parenthood International's founder, Jim Sedlak, has frequently told audiences that "Planned Parenthood's primary goals have always been to allow people to engage in uninhibited sex and provide birth control that prevents birth, such as abortion." Based on observations like these, our own quick review of this latest study and its attendant footnotes show clearly that, without Planned Parenthood-driven statistics and research, the study could not have been completed in such a biased way.

There is no question that once again Georgetown's research and activities have publicly driven a nail in the coffin of natural law ethics in matters dealing with respect for the dignity of the human person.

The beat goes on, the United States bishops remain silent, and the nation mourns another assault on the innocence of our young.

Feel the outrage? Do something about it.

Write a kind note of concern to, or call:

Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archdiocese of Washington Pastoral Center
PO Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260
Phone: 301-853-4500
E-mail: digitalmedia@adw.org

Write to the president of Georgetown University, Dr. John J. DeGioia:
204 Healy Hall
37th & "O" Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057-1789
Phone: (202) 687-4134
E-mail: help@georgetown.edu

Tell anyone you might know who is an alumnus of this once Catholic institution to withhold support and tell Dr. DeGioia and Cardinal Wuerl why!

Actions speak louder than words.

Stop the outrage.

© Judie Brown


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