It is up to parents to decide whether their daughters get the vaccine, but HPV can only be contracted through sex, and sex outside marriage carries "profound risks to a young person's spiritual, emotional, moral and physical health," the Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement'
The fear is that if Grade 8 girls were to receive the vaccination, it would be sending mixed messages, since the Catholic position is one of chastity and abstinence before marriage.
In their letter, the bishops express "regret" that the program was introduced in Ontario schools without more study and public education. The note urges parents to keep in mind some important considerations when deciding whether to let their daughter have the shot, saying the vaccine could have "unintended and unwanted consequences."
Yes, wasn't it interesting that this program was launched just before the writ was dropped?
Ah, but Auditor General Jim McCarter foiled that plot. I like that guy.
Meanwhile, Dalton has a plan if any Catholic School Boards don't comply:
"But if we run into a lot of resistance from a particular school board, we've already thought this through – we can do it through public health," he said.
And if you recall, the OCCB challenged Dalton earlier, when it came out in favour of public funding for all faith-based schools; essentially endorsing John Tory's position.
Meanwhile, there have been rumours that public Catholic funding may be on the way out, but Dalton vehemently denies it, even though one of his key education advisers has been speculating otherwise.
You know, Dalton McGuinty himself is a perfect example of why nobody in Ontario should fear extremist religious viewpoints being cultured in faith-based schools.
It obviously didn't affect him.
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Meanwhile, Lorrie Goldstein has a theory on why Dalton continues the fear-mongering offensive regarding faith-based funding.