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August 21, 2006
WCR Letters to the Editor
Restore Catholic teaching
Re: Bishop Fred Henry's stand on gambling (WCR, July 3).
How we, and so many other parents, wish similar actions would have been taken years ago, not over gambling, but over such topics as religious and sex "education" in our Catholic schools.
So many of us have pleaded with our bishops and school trustees, from the early 1970s through the 1980s, begging them to look into the prevalent modernist trend in religious education, as well as into the influence of Planned Parenthood in our schools.
To our frustration, we were never taken seriously.
Many of us opted to have our children exempted from sex-ed in desperation about what was being taught. Quite a few went all the way and started home schooling their children.
However, to this day, we continue to brag about how Catholic our schools are and yet nothing much has changed. Which is the reason home schooling is becoming so popular among many Catholic families.
We suggested then and still maintain that if nothing can be done about it, to please remove the Catholic designation. Ditto for Catholic hospitals which perform vasectomies and tubal ligations regularly and are still designated as Catholic.
Catholic schools and hospitals are great as long as the teachings of the Church are respected and implemented. Otherwise, it is an exercise in hypocrisy. But these lines will again go by the wayside no doubt, as they have some 30 years ago.
To anyone interested in knowing more about that era, the book Salvation Redefined by Lorene Collins is a must. One may obtain this book at Life Ethics Information Centre, 104 Bond St., Toronto M5B 1X7.
During our children's schooling years, when we parents raised objections about the "un-Catholic" teachings that were circulating in the classrooms, we received, at best, a condescending response.
Most parents of today were taught the "modern" way in their school days. Yet they are now asked (and rightfully so) to teach their children about sex (see Father Gallagher workshop in WCR, July 3).
The problem with this is that these parents simply do not know how to teach the Catholic way, not by any fault of their own, but because it has not been part of their upbringing. Unfortunately, the vicious circle continues.
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