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Authentic sex education supports marriage and family, Pope says

Catholic World News - January 14, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI said that young people must be given “a lofty vision of human love and sexuality,” during a January 14 meeting with Italian politicians. He decried a approach to sexuality that “tends to devalue” the beauty of married love.

In an annual meeting with the political leaders of Rome and the surrounding Lazio region, the Holy Father called for government support of families, “especially large families,” noting that strong families are essential to a healthy society. He also urged careful consideration of plans for effective health-care policies that will provide for the needy.

Regarding sex education, the Pope told the group: “In pronouncing her No’s, the Church really is saying ‘Yes’ to life, to love lived in the truth of the giving of self to the other, to the love that opens up to life and does not close itself in a narcissistic view of the couple.”

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