.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Argentina is calling for laws that promote responsible education programs on sexuality. During an annual gathering of university rectors, the bishopsâ document on âThe Challenge of Educating in Loveâ was presented for discussion, in view of the eventual passage of new law on sex education.
The bishops said new laws should be âpositive and prudentâ and should consider âthe right and dutyâ of parents in the moral education of their children, a role which âcannot be substitutedâ by the state nor the school.
Likewise the bishops said laws must defend life âfrom the moment of conception, and absolutely forbid the crime of abortion.â They also said any new law must not promote anti-life policies and must recognize the inalienable right and duty of parents over the moral education of their children.
In their document the bishops warn that the State cannot be a substitute for the family, even families that are wounded by division or the absence of father or mother. At the same time they noted that the State should assist broken families âwith prudenceâ and without falling into an âabuse of ideologiesâ with âno respect for the culture and tradition of nations.â
The bishops called for legal measures that assist young people in developing a proper respect for sexuality, marriage and the family and the rejecting of laws that would be destructive to families.
Father Ruben Revello, director of the Institute on Bioethics of the Catholic University of Argentina, and Dr. Zelmira Bottini de Rey of the Institute on Marriage and the Family, both of the Catholic University of Argentina, presented the document at the annual conference of rectors.
Father Revello called on the rectors to âteach healthy sex educationâ and warned against the ideology of gender promoted by certain feminist organizations, whose objectives are to bring down the traditional family and motherhood and to question âobligatory heterosexualityâ and the âcultural patriarchy.â âFor these people the three bad Ms are maternity, menstruation and marriage,â he noted.
Father Revello also pointed out how feminist groups pressure the UN, the World Bank and the World Monetary Fund to accept their understanding of gender and to make it a condition for providing aid that countries incorporate such perspectives in their laws
For her part, Bottini recalled that the Church prefers to speak about âintegral sexual educationâ or âeducation in loveâ rather than just plain sexual education.