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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes in New York City schools on Wednesday (Aug. 31), saying teaching middle school students how to use a condom is “useless, and even harmful.” The front-page editorial of the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, criticized all mandatory sex ed classes in public […] Read More

When Shelby Knox was 15, two New York filmmakers visited her hometown of Lubbock, Texas, to document how the Lubbock Youth Commission was working to implement comprehensive sex education in the schools. Filmmakers Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt intended to make a more general documentary about the youth commission’s battle over the state’s abstinence-based sex […] Read More

Government funding for abstinence education is at an all-time high, reaching $120 million this year. Abstinence education supporters call the funding a step in the right direction, but said that more needs to be done. “This is as high as it’s ever been,” Heritage Foundation analyst Robert Rector told the Washington Times. However, Rector said, […] Read More

Secretary of State Colin Powell encouraged the use of condoms by the sexually active last week on a global broadcast of MTV. When a 19-year-old Roman Catholic asked Powell’s thoughts on the church’s teachings about condoms, Powell said he respected the pope and the Catholic Church, according to Salon.com. “In my own judgment, condoms are […] Read More

When it comes to teen sex education, the worst mistake parents can make is delaying the “Big Talk.” “Be clear about your own sexual values and attitudes. Talk with your children early and often about sex, and be specific,” are the first among the top 10 tips for parents offered by the National Campaign to […] Read More