Pope Benedict, in his regular Wednesday audience at St Peter's, has said:
"[I]n our own time, and especially in certain countries, we are witnessing a disquieting fracture between reason, which has the task of discovering the ethical values associated with human dignity, and freedom, which has the responsibility of accepting and promoting those values ... [T]he only 'equitable' laws are those that defend the sacredness of human life and reject the legitimacy of abortion, euthanasia and unrestrained genetic experimentation; the laws that respect the dignity of marriage between a man and a woman..."An authentic education in human sexuality and the role of parents as the primary providers of that education are essential to establishing a pro-life social and legal culture. In contrast, the British government's plans for compulsory sex education would introduce children to a distorted view of sexuality and an adult culture of abortion. I'm sure that Pope Benedict's heart will be greatly warmed if the government's plans, contained in the Children, Schools and Families bill, are defeated before his visit to Britain in September The bill's second reading (first main debate) is scheduled provisionally for 11 January. Time is running out, so please read and respond to SPUC's campaign alert today.
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