Christian Principles of Human Sexuality and Corresponding Educational Goals
The following principles and corresponding goals have been extracted from the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s booklet “Sexuality Education Guidelines”. The booklet is a thorough and complete description and explanation of the Church’s teachings on how to educate children on the issue of sexuality. If you wish to receive a booklet, please contact the ORE and one will be provided for you.
Christian Principles of Human Sexuality
PRINCIPLE ONE: Each person is created in the image of God.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Despite original sin, all human life in its physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions is fundamentally good.
PRINCIPLE THREE: Each person is created to be loved and to love, as Christ, loved the by the Father, loves us.
PRINCIPLE FOUR: Human love is expressed in a way that is enfleshed and sexed.
PRINCIPLE FIVE: Human sexuality carries the responsibility to work toward Christian sexual maturity.
PRINCIPLE SIX: Mature Christian sexuality, in whatever state of life, demands a life- enriching commitment to other and the community.
PRINCIPLE SEVEN: Conjugal sexuality is an expression of the faithful, life-enriching love of husband and wife and is ordained toward the loving procreation of new life.
Corresponding Educational Goals
GOAL ONE: The person, made in the image of God, will develop a deep appreciation of his or her unique creation and inestimable worth.
GOAL TWO: The person will acknowledge and understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of his or her nature and appreciate them as fundamentally good, though imperfect.
GOAL THREE: The person will be open to love and will love others in accord with his or her level of maturation.
GOAL FOUR: The person will be open to the growth that takes place within interpersonal living, and will participate in relationships as a sexual person in accord with his or her own state in life.
GOAL FIVE: The person will appreciate the responsibility demanded in the transition from immature self-centeredness to mature Christian caring and generosity.
GOAL SIX: The person will appreciate the role played by sexuality in establishing relationships of commitment and faithfulness.
GOAL SEVEN: The person will appreciate the fundamental purposes of Christian marriage by affirming the inseparably related unitive and procreative end of this relationship.