By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
tThe Vatican newspaper has backed Archbishop Timothy Dolan in a debate over over a new sex education curriculum in New York City, which is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a means of combating early and unintended pregnancies, especially among Black and Latino youth.
The initiative has been criticized by Dolan for, among other things, potentially usurping the role of parents in shaping the moral values of their children.
“What message are we giving our kids when we say, ‘We know you're going to do this … we know you’re going to succumb to all the temptations around you, we know everybody’s doing it, we know you can’t be good, so be careful,’” Dolan asked in a recent interview with New York television.
“I don’t know if that's a wise message,” said Dolan, who also serves as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.
tIn a front page essay in the August 31 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Lucetta Scaraffia, the paper’s most prominent female columnist, applauds Dolan's stance.