Author and Mother of Three Excoriates U.K. Bishops for Failing to Oppose Explicit Sex-ed
By James Tillman
BRAGA, Portugal, June 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Fiorella Nash, Catholic author and mother of three, spoke to the Knights of Our Lady on the weekend of June 4-6, and upbraided the Bishops Conference of England and Wales for failing to sufficiently oppose explicit sex education in schools and even colluding with the "anti-life policies of the Government."
In her speech, "The State of Family Life in Great Britain," Nash called the government's aggressive promotion of sex education the "greatest threat to family life in Britain today."
"Sex education in Britain, as in many other countries, means the aggressive promotion of an ideology about human sexuality which is entirely at odds with Catholic teaching," she said.
Schools in Britain are currently pushing information about contraception and abortion upon children without parental knowledge or consent, and "this is happening with the co-operation of the Catholic authorities," she said.
Nash quoted a teacher in one Catholic school who said she "witnessed the nurse using a plastic model to show these children how to put on what she said was a chocolate flavoured condom. She went on to explain to her pupils that flavoured condoms had been made because prostitutes didn’t like the taste of rubber."
This is not an isolated occurrence, said Nash, who charged that similar alarming occurrences at local levels are symptoms of high-level “dereliction of duty.”
She pointed out that the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales (CESEW) has appointed Greg Pope, a pro-abortion former Labour MP, as its deputy director. Pope has voted against measures to lower the gestational age limit for abortion, for measures reducing the age of consent for homosexual acts, and for the abolishment of a prohibition on promoting homosexuality in schools.
Nash also said that when the "Children, Schools and Families bill was being debated in Parliament, the Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales not only failed to offer any opposition to a bill that would have imposed abortion and contraception on Catholic schools, but Archbishop Vincent Nichols painted the government's intentions in an entirely positive light."
She also pointed out that CESEW helped draft new government guidance on sex and relationship education. That guidance states that "information provided by schools should reflect the latest medical evidence available on topics such as: the efficacy of different contraceptive methods in preventing unplanned pregnancies and STIs; and pregnancy choices."
Such information, Nash said, simply cannot be presented in a neutral fashion: "Simply talking about abortion as though it were morally neutral is in itself to take a pro-abortion position, in the same way that talking about the child porn industry as though producing and purchasing such material were simply a matter of personal choice would involve the inherent assumption there is nothing wrong with child pornography."
"The collusion by an agency of the Bishops' Conference with the anti-life policies of the Government was a wicked dereliction of duty that has left many Catholic parents feeling disillusioned and betrayed by the CES[EW] which was founded to protect and promote Catholic education," said Nash.
The author also explained how the British government effectively works to break up the family through its tax laws.
"A central aim of the tax credit system is to 'encourage' mothers to return to work and it does so by essentially rewarding working mothers and penalising those who choose to raise their children," she said