What Should Catholic Parents Say to Kids About Pride Month?

It’s June, and that means many cities are hosting parades celebrating LGBTQ “Pride Month” and mainstream organizations such as NASA (pictured) are cheering them on.

With rainbow appearing everywhere in June, and homosexual activists arguing that children should see displays of sexuality, what kind of discussion should Catholic parents be having with their children?

That’s the question author Jason Evert answered in Our Sunday Visitor recently. He was interviewed by Jack Figge, a junior from St. Louis and a fellow of the Catholic Media Center at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality has two important parts. First, the Church teaches that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” which are always wrong. Second, it teaches that homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

Both sides of that teaching are important, Evert (file photo, right) told Figge.

First, he said, don’t avoid the topic.

“All of the pride messaging is overwhelming,” Evert said. “But instead of hiding in a bunker until July comes, we’ve got to realize that these are teachable moments, and we need to be able to speak into this with our kids in an age-appropriate manner.”

But don’t simply complain about, either, Evert added.

“We cannot simply condemn the misuse of God’s gift of sexuality, but parents should put before kids a vision of human love that’s true, good and beautiful,” he said.

Evert told OSV that the Theology of the Body taught by St. John Paul II is a great place to start.

“It’s essential to understand what it means to be human. And the core teaching there is this spousal meaning of the body, which means that we’re made in the image and likeness of God. And God is love. So we’re made in the image and likeness of love,” he is quoted saying.

All people, including those who are same-sex attracted, have that love available to them, Evert said.

“To those who experience same-sex attractions, I think the Church’s response should be that we see these individuals and God loves these individuals,” he said. “Although the world will give them the option of basically gay pride or gay shame, the Church is extending a different invitation of chastity, and it doesn’t involve a life of repression, isolation, loneliness and misery, but brings about a life of intimacy with Christ.”

Most importantly, Evert told parents to be confident and “Be not afraid!”

“Parents need to get over their insecurities when it comes to talking to their kids about these things,” Evert told Figge. “The parent is the primary sex educator, not me, not the priest, not the youth minister. Many of them aren’t sure where to begin with this conversation,” Evert said. “This idea that you wait until they’re 13 and then you drop ‘the talk’ on them is wrong. This is not about having a talk. It’s about having a lifelong conversation.”

Read the whole article here.

Photo: NASA/Keegan Barber

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