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Brooklyn bishop criticizes New York sex-ed program

August 23, 2011

Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has offered strong criticizing of the New York City public schools’ new sex-education program, which requires sixth-graders to be instructed in condom use.

Calling the program “one more example of political agendas being forced on children and their families,” Bishop DiMarzio said, “To suggest that this mandate is needed, specifically citing black and Latino minorities, is offensive to parents and squashes the principles that education for our children was founded upon.”

“Yet again, our political leaders follow the trend of transferring authority to teachers from parents, and parents continue to lose the right to parent their own children,” he added. “We will work with everyone, but especially with the parents of our public-school children enrolled in our religious-education programs, to assist them in asserting their parental rights.”


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