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Catholic Education in Sexuality
Resources for Study and Instruction

updated 9/27/13

I. Vatican documents | II. Church Teaching | III. Morality | IV. Theology of the Body Programs | V. Articles and resources from Women for Faith & Family, Voices | VI. Other resources

I. Vatican documents:

Deus Caritas Est, Encyclical, December 25, 2005

"Twenty years since 'Familiaris Consortio': The Anthropological and Pastoral Dimension" - Pontifical Council for the Family Conclusions of the Theological-Pastoral Congress (December 20, 2001) 

Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage Pontifical Council for the Family (May 13, 1996)

The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality Guidelines for Education within the Family - Pontifical Council for the Family (December 8, 1995)

Evangelium Vitae - The Gospel of Life - Encyclical (March 25, 1995)

Pope John Paul II - Gratissimam sane - Letter to Families - for the Year of the Family (February 2, 1994)

Educational Guidance in Human Love Guideline for sex education - Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education (November 1, 1983)

Familiaris Consortio - On the Christian Family - Apostolic Exhortation, 1981

Humanae Vitae - On Human Life - Pope Paul VI (Encyclical, 1968)

II. Church Teaching:

Catechism of the Catholic Church

New Compendium of the Catechism -- Available from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops publishing and other bookstores

The Teaching of the Church(Our Sunday Visitor Press): Handbook on the main teachings of the Church correlated to the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Rev. R. Lawler, Bishop D. Wuerl and T.Lawler.

The Essential Catechism of the Catholic Church (Servant Books) Adult Guide to the Catechism by Alan Shreck

Teen Catechism (Our Sunday Visitor Press): Short guide to Catechism with questions by Fr. Alfred McBride

Catholicism and Reason, The Creed and Apologetics (C.R. Publications, 345 Prospect St., Norwood, MA 02062): High School Text with a Leader’s Guide by Hayes, Drummey and Hayes

Catholicism and Life, Commandments and Sacraments (C.R. Publications, 345 Prospect St., Norwood, MA 02062): High School Text with a Leader’s Guide available by Hayes, Drummey and Hayes

Catholicism and Ethics, A Medical, Moral Handbook (C.R. Publications, 345 Prospect St., Norwood, MA 02062): High School Text with a Leader’s Guide available by Hayes, Drummey, Hayes and Kelly

Catholicism and Society, Marriage, Family & Social Issues (C.R. Publications, 345 Prospect St., Norwood, MA 02062): High School Text with a Leader’s Guide available by Hayes, Drummey, and Hayes

III. Morality

A. Family Life Institute: http://www.familylifeinstitute.org
 The Family Life Institute is an educational agency that provides resources for educating children in faith and morals in ways that acknowledge the dignity, responsibility and competency of parents. Director, Dr. Patrick J. DiVietri, and Steven Bozza.

Family Life Institute, 7502-B Diplomat Drive, Manassas, VA 20110

BOOKS

Formation in Christian Love: Vol. 1, Christian Family Life Education by Dr. DeVietri, Material for High School and young adult use.

Formation in Christian Love: Vol. 2, The Primary Age of Innocence by Dr. DeVietri

Formation in Christian Love: Vol.3, The Secondary Age of Innocence by Dr. DeVietri

FCL4Formation in Christian Love: Vol.4, Puberty and Adolescence by Dr. DeVietri

HSP 1: Preparing for a Sincere Gift of Self by Dr. DeVietri

B. Trinity Formation Resources -- Dr. Thomas Curran is  director of Trinity Formation Resources, dedicated to helping Catholics understand,live and share their Catholic faith.
Site offers "Sexual Common Sense" by Dr. Janet Smith - CD recordings of lectures on related topics.

Trinity Formation Resources, P.O. Box 24886, Federal Way, WA 98093-1886, (253)922-9114

Video Series

Taking a Stand-Helping Our Kids Win the Battle for Sexual Purity a 5-part video series based on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body presented by Mary Beth Bonacci and Dr. Thomas Curran

C. Our Moral Life in Christ (Midwest Theological Forum, 712 S. Loomis St., Chicago, IL 60607): High School Text with questions and references.  General Editor: Rev. James Socias

D. The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality (Catholic Parents Program, 607-754-1824 or www.catholicparentsprogram.org ) -- 4-part video set on the vatican document: The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality

IV. Theology of the Body Programs -- Links to sites offering programs and resources on morality education based on Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body", which the Holy Father originally presented as 129 "Wednesday audiences", from 1979 to 1984.

“Family Honor” -- Offers family-centered programs and a college-credit course for those interested in becoming chastity presenters, and a variety of educational resources, Leadership Training Seminars, an outreach into underserved communities and college-age mini-programs.

Taking a Stand-Helping Our Kids Win the Battle for Sexual Purity (Trinity Formation Resources, P.O. Box 24886, Federal Way, WA 98093-1886, (253)922-9114) A 5-part video series based on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body presented by Mary Beth Bonacci and Dr. Thomas Curran

Christopher West is a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute.

V. Articles & resources from Women for Faith & Family, Voices.

Slouching Towards Portland by Mary Ellen Bork, Eastertide 2008

Inside Voices, Talking About Talking About Touching -- And Unsafe “Safe Environment” Programs in Catholic Schools -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock [Pentecost 2006]

Sex Education: The Catholic Scene -- Reprinted from a 1993 booklet authored by Margaret Whitehead.

Women for Faith & Family Testimony for 1987 Synod on the Laity

Vatican Letter to US Bishops on Sex Education revealed in November
Includes text of May 1997 letter from Congregation for Education to President of NCCB
-- Winter 1997-Spring 1998 Voices

Talking about Love ... Commentary on Growing in Love -- A "Catholic" Sex Education Program by Margaret Whitehead - Lent/Easter 2003 Vol. XVIII, No. 1

Sex Ed: Parents' Perspective - Report on National Conference of Catholic Bishops "guidelines" for sex-education - by Margaret Whitehead - Fall 1990-Winter 1991 Vol V, No 4- Vol VI, No 1

The Perfect Storm - The Problem of Teaching and Living Sexual Morality in Today's World - Margaret Whitehead - Pentecost 2002 Vol. XVII, No. 2

New Body Language - ... "A New Language" is a welcome teaching aid that makes John Paul II's theology of the body more accessible to the Catholic layperson - by Mary Ellen Bork Eastertide 2004 Vol XIX, No. 1

Helping Parents Teach God's Plan for Human Love in a Sexualized Culture -"To overcome the culture of death, we need to teach and model to the next generation what the culture of life looks like." - by Onalee McGraw Pentecost Season 2004 -Vol. XIX: No. 2

What are we doing about "Sex Ed?" - by Nancy Valko, RN - Lent/Easter 2001 Vol. XVI, No. 1

Bioethics Watch - Love, Health and Homosexuality - Although self-proclaimed experts in our society tend to characterize any concerns about homosexuality as homophobia and even hate, real love does not require approval of everything a person does but rather a commitment to the true well-being of that person.
by Nancy Valko, RN Eastertide 2004 Vol XIX, No. 1

VI. Other resources:

Talking to Youth About Sexuaility: A Parents’ Guide by Mike Aquilina and published by Our Sunday Visitor

Real Love by Mary Beth Bonacci, published by Ignatius Press  

Love and Life by Coleen Kelly Mast, published by Ignatius Press.

Teen Relationships and Sexual Pressures, Jason Evert. (Videos), also found at ignatius.com

John Paul II, The Theology of the Body -- Can be found at most Catholic Bookstores or Amazon.com -- also EWTN has it online -GENERAL AUDIENCES: JOHN PAUL II'S THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
Pope John Paul II

Love & Responsibility by Pope John Paul II -- Can be found at ignatius.com or Amazon.com


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