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Teach the children

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Oct 22, 2007

The Portland Maine school committee voted 7 to 2 last week to authorize the distribution of contraceptives to young teenagers without acquiring parental consent. The response from Bishop Richard Malone was swift… "I join the number of parents who have expressed their outrage and disbelief at the decision which affects young girls aged 11 to 14 years old," …but not entirely to the point.

Bishop Richard Malone said the decision will inevitably lead to more sexual experimentation among younger children. It also sends a message that the government should replace parents in certain parts of a child's life, even without the parents' knowledge, he said. Malone said. "When contradictory messages are given to children from important authority figures such as parents and school officials, it can create more confusion and difficulty for children themselves in making this important life decision."

All of which is true, and worth repeating, over and over again.

However, missing in the bishop’s statement--and in the sermons of ninety-nine percent of Catholic clergy over the last thirty-nine years--is the hub truth about which the enumerated consequences revolve. Contraception is inherently evil, and those who use it, or are directly complicit in its use, risk immortal retirement in very sorrowful place.  The assertion is predictably absent in polite discourse but is not exactly your “oh, by the way” truth. 

Outrage, perhaps. However, the good bishop cannot realistically express “disbelief at the decision” when Catholics in the United States over four decades can count on one hand the number of times they have heard the words contraception, evil, and hell all in the same sermon.

Remember boys and girls, adults as well as the children learn through repetition.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 23, 2007 7:43 AM ET USA

    This incident points out a serious development and threat to our national well-being; the congruence of the socialism of public health with that of public education. Neither are the benign entities, seeking to advance public good that we once thought. There may be a silver lining to this cloud; hopefully, people will see the consequences of this trend in time to think about the national socialism being proposed by the left.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 23, 2007 2:17 AM ET USA

    This is just another cover up for child abuse! 11 yo boys do not not impregnate 11 yo girls! (PP-ask me no questions-I'll tell you no lies) Limbo

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2007 7:24 PM ET USA

    I heard that "artificial contraception", along with several other things, is an abomination in a recent homily. It was by our beloved deacon. When I heard it, I had a brief feeling of disorientation, having never heard the terminology before at Mass. When I recovered my senses, I even considered the possibility that he hadn't realized what he was saying. I approached him the following week and he had a good laugh over my response. He said he had not had any negative feedback to that point.

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