.- The Archdiocese of Toledo issued a clarification last week regarding a letter sent by a local pastor to his parishioners, in which he seemed to suggest that parents who do not conscientiously object to the government-sponsored âEducation for Citizenshipâ course could not present their children to receive First Communion.
The new government sponsored class is intended to teach school children to accept homosexuality as normal and promote abortion. The class also denies parents their right to educate their children on moral and religious values. One example of the material created for the course is a cartoon called, âAli Baba and the 40 Gays.â
In the statement of clarification, the pastor of the parish in question explained that he had not meant to exclude anyone from the reception of the sacraments and that First Communion âis not subject to exercise of conscientious objection on the part of parentsâ regarding the âEducation for Citizenshipâ course.
The Archdiocese of Toledo said the clarification represents âthe actual meaning of his letter, and that it was not meant to exclude anyoneâwho fulfills the due conditionsâfrom receiving the sacraments.â âThis is the true thinking and meaningâ of the letter, the statement indicated.
Lastly, the statement notes that the bishops of Toledo emphasized in their last pastoral letter that conscientious objection to the course âis a right of parents that cannot be impeded or imposed.â