The controversial program, introduced worldwide at World Youth Day in Krakow last summer, contains key aspects of the thought of St. John Paul II, but is often inconsistent and does contain material that is inappropriate.
The Meeting Point is a new online “affective and sexual” formation program for students, grades 9-12. Billed as an “evolving project,” the program is the brain-child of a group of married couples in Spain. To date, it has the enthusiastic backing of the Spanish bishops and the Pontifical Council of the Family.
Globally, The Meeting Point (hereafter TMP) saw the light of day in September of 2015 at the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Next stop was at World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland, July 2016. Its final proffering, presumably in a completely evolved state, will be at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, August 2018.
Sex-ed programs for youth invariably send out shock waves caused by the tension and conflicts of progressive and traditional fault lines within the Church. Indeed, TMP has engendered sentiments quite high on the Richter scale: “pornographic”; “nightmare Vatican sex-ed program”; “compromises the innocence of children”; “most dangerous threat to Catholic youth in 40 years.” The Cardinal Newman Society has a more reserved, albeit negative, reaction signaled by its review’s title, “Meeting Point Sex Ed Program Not Ready for Catholic Schools”.
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