Catholic archbishop on Foucault: “…ruin of society”

I always find it interesting that Foucault can be simultaneously dismissed as a non-entity with little influence and as someone who’s work will surely bring dire consequences:

“It is often said that the Church is against sexual education. False,” the archbishop said.  “We oppose teaching a notion of human sexuality in schools that is devoid of any reference to the nature of the person and his acts and that conveys biased information and recommends the dubious security that contraceptives and condoms offer.”

“This kind of incomplete and explicit teaching does not take into account the emotional and relational dimensions, the need for self-discipline and respect for objective values. Such a focus carries with it the risk of encouraging teens to engage prematurely and irresponsibly in sexual activity,” the archbishop said.

According to the Argentinean prelate, “The foundations of this reductionist version of education are found in gender ideology, in constructivist sociology and in the ideas of Michel Foucault, who said that sexuality had been confiscated by the family in order to make it merely an issue of reproduction.  The implicit intention is, then, to liberate Argentinean adolescents from this ‘cultural stereotype.’  With such guidance we should fear for the destruction of the family and the subsequent ruin of society.”

One Response

  1. I agree with the Archbishop. Dabbling in Foucauldian poststructuralism as an adolescent seemed awfully radical, but it nearly unravelled my mind. Like St. Augustine, I awoke from heresy and came round to the Truth, and found happiness there, too. Deo gratias.

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