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A Pastoral Response to Pornography At their November 2015 General Assembly, the U.S. bishops approved the formal statement "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography" with an almost unanimous vote. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of...read more
ATTENTION PARENTS: Are you finding it challenging to raise your children? Do you want to reduce children’s problem behavior? Do you want strong, healthy relationships with your children, with all the support, discipline skills and information you could have for living...read more
Parent Guides to Human Sexuality
The Parent Guides to Human Sexuality, a set of three concrete resources for parents of children from ages 5 to 19 are available (English and Spanish) to educate themselves in the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding human sexuality.
The Parent Guides to Human Sexuality were developed to help parents, teachers, catechists, principals, pastors, and diocesan leaders:
- To provide parents of children in grades Kindergarten through High School with specific knowledge of the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding human sexuality and ways that they can educate their children in the faith in a developmentally appropriate way with the specific references to church teachings from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality (Pontifical Council of the Family), Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living (United States Council of Catholic Bishops), and other prominent church documents.
- To present parents with an overview of each developmental stage in their child’s life so that they can individually meet the needs of their son or daughter at a time that is appropriate for each child.
- To empower parents and encourage them to joyfully embrace the active role in their children’s life, especially when it comes to speaking about topics of human sexuality, for which many parents feel ill-equipped.
By providing parents and teens with concise and accurate information about their faith, we are promoting a culture of informed, faithful Catholics who have the knowledge to live out and defend their faith.
Register for The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love and Family
Whether you are a ministry leader looking for continuing education on topics relating to marriage, family life and God’s gift of sexuality, a college student who needs undergraduate or graduate credit or a parent who wants to dig deeper into the history of sex education and learn more about developing healthy, happy, holy families, you will enjoy Family Honor’s semester-long, college-level online course. Flexible format means you work on a timetable that is right for your schedule!
We are announcing some great new developments for Family Honor’s online course.
For additional details, please visit their webpage at: http://familyhonor.org
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is chastity?
“The Church calls all to lead “a chaste life in keeping with their particular states in life” (CCC, no 2348), a striving that is performed deliberately, maturely, happily, and for the sake of the Kingdom. It is a surrendering of all genital activity in thought, word, and deed, alone, or with others, hetero-or-homo, honestly confronting any inclinations, drives, or fantasies that threaten the wholesome, healthy, realistic purity mirrored by Jesus and expected by His Church of her people.”
~Called To Be Holy by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York
- What am I saying YES to when I choose chastity?
We are bombarded with messages all around us that tell us what we are saying NO to when we choose to live a chaste life, what we are missing out on. It’s about time that we think about all the things we are saying YES to, what we are gaining. Click here to discover what you are saying YES to by living a chaste life along with some practical advice on how to live a chaste life NOW!
- Is chastity JUST for nuns and priests?
Nope! All baptized Christians are called to Chastity. (Surprising, isn’t it?) Check it out in the catechism – paragraph 2348.
- Is pornography a problem?
Click here to explore this topic and find supporting resources.
Click here to read an encouraging story about a young man who has overcome his addiction to pornography.
There are a number of Chastity Speakers that are available for Schools, Religious Education Programs, and Youth Groups to utilize within the Archdiocese of New York.
Please note: While the Office supports the assistance these speakers provide in our schools and parishes, we are not responsible for the views they express, the talks they offer, or the content of their materials or websites.
Learn about Chastity
If you are a parent or ministry leader looking for helpful resources, programs or continuing education opportunities in the area of chastity or family life education, visit www.FamilyHonor.org. This is the web site for Family Honor, Inc., a national organization that provides and promotes a family-centered Catholic approach to chastity education. Their extensive web site offers access to timely articles, research, and parent and teen tips on topics relating to chastity, family life, marriage and more, along with information about their unique parent-child programs, college-level online course, periodic special events, national conferences, and free webinars. You can also sign up for their monthly e-newsletter. For more information, call Family Honor at 803.929.0858.
Sex Education Mandate
In August 2011, the Department of Education of the City of New York announced that all public school students would be required to attend sex education classes, beginning this school year. The Archdiocese strongly opposes this decision, and has urged school officials to offer abstinence education instead.
- For more information about the City’s decision, and the curriculum they plan to use, visit nycparentschoice.org.
- Click here for the statement issued by the Archdiocese about this decision.
- Click here to view a letter sent home to all parents and students in religious education by the Director of the Archdiocese Catechetical Office.
- See also: Blog article by Ed Mechmann, Director of Public Policy; News article by Catholic New York.
Protect your Family from Porn
You already know the basics, like keeping your family’s computer in an open area, but that’s not enough to protect your children’s eyes. Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability and Filtering services can help you fine-tune your approach to protecting your kids online. Receive reports that show how your kids use the Internet to spark good discussions. Choose when and how long kids can be online, block mature websites, and create specific lists of sites to be blocked. What we do online impacts our lives offline.
NEW!!! Covenant Eyes has recently released an app for both Android and Iphones.
Covenant Eyes’ new app for Android, available for users of Android 4.4.2 and higher, provides the most precise reporting of all Accountability apps out there. We report the pages actually viewed on a growing number of apps, including:
- Pre-installed browsers
- Google Chrome
- and more to come!
Use of the Android app is included in one’s subscription to Covenant Eyes — no hidden fees or extra costs to install the app.
For more information about a subscription to Covenant Eyes, click here.
Stop Teen Sexting
Click here to learn how and why minor teens are sending sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images via text messaging.
Download the file below for a complete CHASTITY JEOPARDY GAME to use within the classroom. This game is geared towards middle school students but can be easily adapted for older students.