Sex education has been integrated in subjects like Biology but, this time the Catholic Church is protesting a specific United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) project to offer it as a separate subject initially in 80 public elementary schools and 79 high schools.
Education officials insist that the Church has nothing to worry about because DepEd is open to deleting portions of the teaching modules that it finds offensive.
Furthermore they are overstepping their bounds by meddling directly in what should be a state prerogative delivered by an institution answerable to the Government (which by virtue of the vote and representation in the Legislature, is answerable to the people):
Valisno said that she had invited the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to a dialogue.
But Bishop Nereo Odchimar, CBCP president, said in an interview over the Church-operated Radyo Veritas that "there may not be time within the near future" for a consultation with DepEd officials.
The issue, which has long found the DepEd and the CBCP on opposite sides, would likely be tackled at the CBCP plenary in July, said the Tandag bishop. By that time, Valisno's term would have already lapsed with the entry of the new administration.
The CBCP has expressed concern over DepEd's plans to include sex education in the basic education curriculum, contending that this is better taught at the home.
"We'll have to make our position clear," Odchimar said.
As sayeth in the bible: "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar". The role of the Church is to work on people's spirituality. People, in turn, are responsible for their personal well-being, and that responsibility is manifested in how they represent themselves in government (through the vote and their representatives in Congress). In this regard, Government should reflect how its constituents represent themselves through their institutions, and the Church should evaluate itself according to how people respond to its dogma and teachings.
That is what your "position" is Bishop Odchimar. How people choose to deal with their secular government is their business. If your men in robes do not like what they see, then they should work at improving their persuasion skills (take accountability for the failure of this persuasion machinery rather than blame it on "sinners"!). Catholic people choosing to use contraceptives is an indictment of that 2000-year dogma that the Church continues to impose on modern society.