MANILA, Aug. 30, 2016— The Church’s central catechetical agency does not agree with a school policy prohibiting romantic relationships between students to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
The bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE) believe good intentions do not always make good policy.
“We are not in favor of this policy,” stressed Bishop Roberto Mallari, chairman of ECCCE.
“We have a regular program regarding values formation and responsible relationships. As a Catholic institution, we value programs and guiding principles,” he said.
Golden Heritage Polytechnic College in Cagayan de Oro City banned its students from having romantic relationships.
The school said students who will violate the “true love waits” policy may face penalty of expulsion.
For the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), schools can better prepare students for romantic relationships.
“This is a critical context, wherein we build friendships and relationships that cut across time. These are important series of moments when we nurture loving and life-giving relationships,” explained Anthony Coloma, CEAP
Advocacy and Information Management Officer.
“We should not deny these opportunities to them (the students),” he said.
He warned that denying young students such experience could have an adverse effect on them when they become adults.
“Women and men, who have not been enriched by the formation of human relations and genuine friendships at a young age, may find difficulty in building lifelong and intimate partnerships,” added Coloma. (CBCPNews)