Catholic schools in Ontario, Canada, will be unable to opt out of a mandatory sexual education curriculum that will allegedly encourage immoral sexual activity and teachings contrary to the Catholic Church, according to Life Site News.
Ontario’s education minister, Liz Sandals, reportedly announced that all of the region’s school systems—both Catholic and public—will use the same curriculum document, despite significant opposition in 2010 over a former version of the curriculum.
“If the curriculum is anything like its forerunner, shelved in 2010 after parental backlash, it will likely contain items contrary to Catholic sexual and moral teaching, such as approval of masturbation, anal and oral sex, homosexuality, and contraception,” Life Site News reported.
According to another Life Site News report, distraught parents protested against the 2010 curriculum which would have purportedly “taught children to question their male/female identity [and] experimental family structures.”
The report continued:
When host Steve Paikin asked Sandals directly to respond to concerns that the curriculum would “actively encourage 12 year olds to masturbate as one way of learning about your body and teach eight year olds that being male or female is merely a social construct,” she did not deny that the curriculum contained these components. Sandals instead deflected the question, saying that such components would be included in the teacher’s aid as a “suitable response” if kids were to ask questions on the topic.
The curriculum’s forced implementation is being spearheaded by Ontario’s Premier, Kathleen Wynne. Wynne requested the Ministry of Education “to finalize a new health and physical education curriculum that gets at some of the root causes of gender inequality, and starts at the very earliest stages to develop an understanding of healthy relationships and consent,” Life Site News reported.
Originally published by Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society.