Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
Objectives of the Instructional Program
Education in Sexuality for Elementary and Secondary Age Students
Diocesan policy in regards to sex education is based on embracing a full understanding of Catholic teaching on sexuality and sexual morality. The Church’s declarations on sex education maintain a fidelity to the Catholic tradition, while remaining sensitive to the requirements and needs for education that occur in the changing situations of cultures and history. (Educational Guidance in Human Love: Outlines for Sex Education, Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, 1981, n. 14).
Parents are the first teachers of their children in the full meaning of human sexuality, but not the only teachers. The Church recognizes many essential elements that must guide all instruction in a full understanding of human sexuality. Because of the complexity of sexuality and its powerful impact on every human, Catholic education in Human Sexuality must begin at early childhood and should continue throughout one’s entire life. Properly prepared and knowledgeable instructors of the Church’s teaching on sexuality are needed to complement the educational work parents do at home.
In order to aid parents in their teaching efforts, Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools and Parish Schools of Religion shall provide education in sexuality according to the norms listed below:
1. Local schools and parishes are to implement the Diocesan Policy, Regulation and Guidelines for Education in Human Sexuality.
2. Education in Human Sexuality materials shall be on file with the Office of Education.
Adopted: May 16, 1978
Revised: November 17, 2015
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville