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Pope: Sex education attack on religion

2011-01-10 16:14

Vatican City - Sexual and civic education in schools in Europe is an "attack" on religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday in a traditional annual address to foreign diplomats to the Vatican.

"I cannot remain silent about another attack on the religious freedom of families in certain European countries which mandate obligatory participation in courses of sexual or civic education," the pope told the ambassadors.

He said such courses "convey a neutral concept of the person and of life, yet in fact reflect an anthropology opposed to faith and to right reason".

Benedict said this was an example of the "threats" against "the cultural roots which nourish the profound identity and social cohesion of many nations".

In a collection of interviews published in November 2010, Benedict said for the first time that he approved of condom use to reduce the risk of disease, leading some to wonder whether his attitude to sex education was changing.

But the Vatican later insisted that the pope's comments referred only to sex workers who were HIV-positive and could not be applied more widely.

In Monday's address, the pope also defended the right of doctors to refuse abortions, saying Christians are sometimes "required" to carry out their jobs "with no reference to their religious and moral convictions".

Benedict said he was "gratified" by a resolution adopted by the Council of Europe last October which reaffirmed the conscience rights of doctors.
 

Comments
  • Han Solo - 2011-01-10 16:33

    Hokey Religion and ancient weapons is no match for a good blaster at your side.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 20:51

      You shot first!

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 20:51

      You shot first!

  • James - 2011-01-10 16:48

    OK, now this is just getting plain ridiculous!! 'Religion is an attack on intelligence'

  • Exoteric - 2011-01-10 16:49

    The gist of thepopes message for me is that we are taking away the church right to teach sex education, this coming from a religion which condones paedophilia, sorry but you have no cred amongst thinking citizens ....

  • martingrondein - 2011-01-10 16:54

    Religion is an attack on my brain.

  • Philosopher - 2011-01-10 17:37

    For fark sakes, can someone PLEASE muzzle this relic from the past. His ancient advice is an insult to humankind.

  • cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-10 18:13

    The pope opposes sex education to prevent the victims of the Catholic Church from realising they are being violated by the paedopriests.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 20:53

      No, they oppress sex education so young people with no knowledge get nocked up and get stuck with a baby, limiting their own ability to run their own lifes. What the Catholic church hates most is people leading their own lives.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 20:53

      No, they oppress sex education so young people with no knowledge get nocked up and get stuck with a baby, limiting their own ability to run their own lifes. What the Catholic church hates most is people leading their own lives.

  • gb2161 - 2011-01-11 05:47

    Here we go again. The nonsense, it burns. Religion is ultimately dependent on belief in invisible beings, inaudible voices, intangible entities, undetectable forces, and events and judgments that happen after we die. It therefore has no reality check. And it is therefore uniquely armored against criticism, questioning, and self- correction. It is uniquely armored against anything that might stop it from spinning into extreme absurdity, extreme denial of reality and extreme, grotesque immorality. - Greta Christina

  • John - 2011-01-11 08:58

    To think the catholic church is based on an ancient pagan religion - whorshipping the sun...

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