That has been the most fascinating sort of reaction to the original post, in my opinion!
The Catholic view of human life or “mindset” is the most ennobling and uplifting of any viewpoint you could foster. Made in the image and likeness of God, made to know Him and love Him to be with Him eternally?? There is no other viewpoint anywhere that even comes close to affirming with such strength the beauty of the individual person and the worth of that person. And yet, when you seek to defend it, people tell you to stuff your daughter in a closet and hide from the world because she won’t be able to handle real life with your views.
What, that she is beautiful and cherished in the eyes of God?
That sexuality is a beautiful gift from God in which you can give yourself to another person in a sharing of love and life that God may bless to become fruitful for the creation of a new life? That it is a sharing in the love of the Trinity? That to see it otherwise lessens and cheapens it?
I hardly think she will now be unable to navigate the real world. She will now, however, know that she does not need to settle for less than the will of her all-powerful and all-knowing Father in Heaven who loves her.
In the meantime, could we not waste her time in literature class reading about Inez the prostitute and how long she and her client took to let the other murderer in the room fall asleep?
Some of the reactions to this position in this forum blow my mind.
Yes, I do try to protect her from sexually explicit material in all contexts at this age. I do hope she chooses friends that have her faith and defend her values. I do not want her hanging around only with the kids who are sending each other nude pictures of other students, or doing drugs, or cussing and disrespecting all rules and authority. She doesn’t have to live in her closet to fulfill these hopes of mine. She isn’t the only good kid out there. Eventually she would be if everyone who hoped their kids would stay good just shoved them in a closet to protect them!
We could also protect them out in the world. It is not an all or nothing kind of deal. That is what I want to do.
(I never was sure what the Teletubbies were doing. I don’t think it was intentional enough to even ascribe to it any agenda at all. It was just bizarre.)