Community National Schools oblige children to respect Catholic codes of sexual conduct

The Irish state, through the Community National Schools (GMGY course), requires children to demonstrate respect for codes of sexual conduct based on Catholic religious beliefs reflected in our 1937 Constitution and laws.

Many people have for years been engaged in challenging those laws and Articles in our Constitution, because we consider Catholic codes of sexual conduct to be harmful and because they undermine human rights.

In recent decades we have voted overwhelmingly to change our constitution to legalise divorce,  gay marriage, and abortion. However, our Community National Schools oblige children to demonstrate respect for Catholic codes of sexual conduct that contradict these developments.

For example the Catholic Church teaches the following to Primary School children.

“Conjugal Love makes married couples capable of the greatest possible gift, the gift by which they become cooperators with God for giving life to a new human person”

“Sexual intercourse is an act of love within marriage”

“Christians respect life because life comes from God and every person has a right to life. Therefore abortion is forbidden”

“Informing our conscience, we are assisted by the Word of God, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the witness or advice of others and the authoritative teaching of the Church (CCC 1785)”

The use of sexuality reaches its full meaning when it expresses the person giving of man and woman even unto death (HS 3, 24)

The learning outcomes in the Goodness Me Goodness You Course in the Community National Schools include:

Our Community National Schools should be for suitable for all children regardless of the religious or nonreligious beliefs of their parents. They should teach about sexuality in an objective, critical an pluralistic manner. They should not require children to respect codes of sexual conduct based on Catholic theology.

For example, the Catholic Preschool and Primary Religious Education Curriculum for Ireland includes:

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