Monday, May 8, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 281

281.  Sex education should provide information while keeping in mind that children and young people have not yet attained full maturity.  The information has to come at a proper time and in a way suited to their age.  It is not helpful to overwhelm them with data without also helping them to develop a critical sense in dealing with the onslaught of new ideas and suggestions, the flood of pornography and the overload of stimuli that can deform sexuality.  Young people need to realize that they are bombarded by messages that are not beneficial for their growth towards maturity.  They should be helped to recognize and to seek out positive influences, while shunning the things that cripple their capacity for love.  We also have to realize that "a new and more appropriate language" is needed "in introducing children and adolescents to the topic of sexuality".302

302 Relatio Finalis 2015, 56.