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August 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — LifeSiteNews and American Life League (ALL) have jointly launched an online petition asking for the withdrawal of the controversial sex education project released by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family last month. 

The petition, hosted on LifeSiteNews' LifePetitions platform, is addressed to Pope Francis as well as Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Sign the petition here.

Judie Brown, president of American Life League, stated, “It’s bad enough when Planned Parenthood pushes perverse forms of sex education into our schools. For the Vatican to jump on that bandwagon is a nightmare scenario. Someone must be asleep at the wheel, and it’s high time for them to wake up!”

The petition states (view here):

To: His Holiness Pope Francis and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family

We, the undersigned, are scandalized and disheartened by the Pontifical Council for the Family’s new project known as The Meeting Point: Project for Affective and Sexual Formation.

This project has many dangerous flaws. For example:

  • It fails to state in clear language that parents are the primary educators of their children.
  • It never mentions Christ’s teaching on marriage.
  • It never names or denounces sexual behaviors such as fornication, masturbation, and homosexual activity.
  • It fails to provide any instruction on the Commandments, sin, and the sacraments.
  • It uses pictures of life-size naked sculptures to point out the physical differences (including genitals) between a man and a woman in a mixed classroom setting.
  • It shows suggestive and provocative images.
  • It recommends sexually explicit movies as catalysts to discussion.

Holy Father and Archbishop Paglia, we humbly beg you to protect and guide your flock by retracting this project and restating the Church’s perennial teachings on both the primacy of parents as the educators of their children and the proper approach of extreme caution to this task as explained in Familiaris Consortio.

The sex-ed program was officially launched by the Pontifical Council for the Family during World Youth Day in Poland at the end of July. 

Sign the petition here.

Read American Life League's previously released statement about the program here.

Read LifeSiteNews’ in-depth analysis and coverage of the program here.