Being a convert to Catholicism from Judaism has been a very difficult, painful but also joyous experience. I think it will always remain painful because of my family's reaction. I literally had to leave everything and begin again. It was the Church's teaching on the sanctity of human life from birth to death which compelled me so greatly and this was through hearing a SPUC talk at school and watching the infamous 'Silent Scream'. (My parents, in their blissful ignorance sent me to the Domician Nuns, little did they know I would become a catholic years later!).Again and again I hear of converts who actually became Catholics because of what the Church teaches about human sexuality and the sacredness of the human person, one of the obvious converts is Scott Hahn's wife. A friend of mine, a former Anglican now a Catholic priest, his wife discovered the faith through Natural Family Planning.
Hearing the Church's teaching on marriage and family, and the sheer respect and reverence in which they hold human life just blew me away. I vowed I would spend my life fighting for the unborn which I have tried to do. The point I am (clumsily) trying to make is that I truly believe all children deserve to learn the true Church teaching and by allowing sex education into schools, let alone our Catholic schools, will destroy their innocence but also be entirely contrary to catholic teaching.
I know this situation in the schools is an ongoing problem and I think one needs to face that sex education is answerable for so many of our problems today. It seems clear to me that if schools instruct children in sex education, they will become promiscuous, they will lose their modesty, a virtue which protects chastity. People are trying to proclaim this is medicine when it is really poison.
The petition was a cry for help, and indeed many people have signed and some with strong comments. Our hope is to present it to Archbishop Nicholls and hopefully attain a meeting with him.
We are keeping the petition running until 15th March. I am praying fervently you will decide to sign it and I will be very grateful if you would be willing to advertise this on your blog.
May God Bless you always!
For me, when I was nineteen tear old Anglican, some Catholic friends at Christmas wanted to go around the pubs in Guildford carol singing, a sort of Catholic pub crawl, having decided we should raise money, there was discussion on what to do with it, a nun suggested it should be for campaigning against abortion. I hadn't thought of it as being an issue until that time. I was shocked, and suddenly realised that the Catholic attitude to human life and human dignity, to reproduction, to sexuality, to what it is to be a human being was dramatically different from anything else I had ever heard.
There is indeed a vast gulf between that which the Church teaches and which Mr Balls would have us teach, the two things are incompatable. We teach something which is hard but sublime, Mr Balls wants us to teach something easy and ultimately bestial.