Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pope says the birds and the bees need to be taught better

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Church must better explain teaching on sexuality, Holy Father tells US bishops

Society's lack of respect for marriage, combined with rampant promiscuity, and a misunderstanding on same-sex relations, has Pope Benedict XVI telling U.S. bishops to brush up on their sexuality teaching in this Catholic News Service article:

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Permissive attitudes toward sex, cohabitation before marriage and acceptance of same-sex marriage can damage individuals and are harmful for society, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of U.S. bishops at the Vatican.

"It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost," the pope said March 9.

Meeting the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, who were making their "ad limina" visits to report on the status of their dioceses, the pope said ignorance of or challenges to church teaching on marriage and sexuality were part of the "intellectual and ethical challenges" to evangelization in the United States today.

Read the full article here.
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