Poland's Catholic bishops advise parents to opt their children out of sex education classes – if its content 'contradicts value system'. The bishops' conference released a statement to that effect this Monday.
This was prepared by the chairman of the Education Commission, Auxiliary Bishop Marek Mendyk. Title of the letter: "Stop the moral decomposition in children and young people!" In it, Mendyk opposes the sex education classes planned by a number of municipalities in their schools and "so-called education against discrimination".
The mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, in particular, is campaigning for the interests of gays and lesbians. The left-liberal politician signed a charter for the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) in February and calls for appropriate education for schoolchildren.
Mendyk, on the other hand, emphasizes that without the express consent of parents, students cannot participate in any instruction that deviates from the state curriculum. He did not say which contents the church specifically rejected.
Bishops' conference offers template online
The Polish Bishops' Conference offers on its website the template for a written declaration to schools. It says: "I do not agree that my child (…) participates in any form of instruction or other event related to sex education that goes beyond the subject matter of the grade level curriculum."
In addition, the model declaration obliges schools to inform parents in advance about relevant initiatives in the context of sex education classes. If the parents' will is disregarded, the responsible state institution will be called in and an attempt will be made to consistently defend the personal rights of the child in civil proceedings. The new school year begins across the country on 1. September.