Archbishop Paciano Aniceto asks the Department of Education to consult parents regarding sex education in schools

MANILA, June 16, 2010—Instead of running after the Catholic hierarchy, a bishop called on the Department of Education to consult the parents over plans to teach sex education in schools.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto said that although the church is willing to dialogue with the DepEd on the matter, the role of the parents must also not be set aside.

He said if there’s one that should be more concerned and consulted on the issue, it is no other than the parents of the students.

“Actually we should not take part in that (dialogue) because that is for the parents,” Aniceto said.

Aniceto chairs the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

The bishop said the DepEd should “assist” the parents instead of getting their “original and primary” roles by teaching children “confidential and private matter” in schools.

The church official called on the education department to provide copies of the sex education modules to the parents for them to be scrutinized carefully.

“They (parents) should assess whether it’s moral and could boost moral education and civil efficiency for our youth,” he said.

Read more in CBCP News

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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