The Myth of Safe Sex
There is a myth out there, I call it the Great Lie of Our Age, that “ kids are going to have sex any way, so let’s teach them how to be safe about it.”
SAFE SEX is A LIE.
The statistics prove the out. (see statistics at end of story)
For decades now, our secular culture has been pushing for sex with out consequences or accountability. From the earliest ages our children are being inculcated into this idea that there is no standard concerning sexual activity. From books like “Debbie has two Daddies” and affirmation of “non-binary” gender roles as early as kindergarten, Christian morality is no longer a vocal influence in our educational system. In many municipalities and states, parents are legally prohibited from opting their children out of classes with morally questionable content.
This is the type of governmental control advocated by Socialist ideology. Is it any wonder that socialism is so accepted on high school and college campuses? But, I digress…
What is the world relying on for a moral code. The sad fact is that there is no basis for today’s moral trajectory other than subjective reasoning. Evidently it is now perfectly fine for each person to define their own moral code. This is the definition of the “slippery slope” I’ve been warning people about for the past twenty years. Two decades ago, when California first began pushing for “Gay Marriage,” I prophesied that this would lead to the normalization of all sorts of moral deviations. Now two decades later we run the risk of judicial punishment for “misgendering,” or not using a person’s personal pronoun. You can even be sued in a court of law for not performing a service that goes against your faith-based position.
In some circles, sexual assault of minors is being justified as “part of who he is, his DNA” as claimed by music legend Barbara Streisand in an interview regarding Michael Jackson. According to Streisand, Jackson’s abuse of minors didn’t matter because it didn’t do lasting harm, and after all they grew up and are”married”
These days our children are at risk in the public schools, at least here in the USA. They are continuing to be taught that sex can be safe. Our children are being instructed authoritatively, that using condoms equals safe sex. There is nothing safe about sex with a condom. The statistics of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases prove otherwise.
The youth of today are being lied to with the skill of Satan, the father of lies. They are being tacitly encouraged to experiment in sexual activities. Is it any wonder that an evil organization supplies birth control and abortion information on most public high school and university campuses. They know that one thing leads to another. Increased sexual activity inevitably leads to increased numbers of government sanctioned, and often tax payer funded abortions.
Back in the 80’s, soon after the AIDS virus was identified, several groups of Fundamentalist Christians began proclaiming that this disease was a ”judgment from God on homosexuals.” For a moment, I almost got sucked into that hype. Christians are never to judge the salvation or eternal destiny of another. We can however make informed observations regarding certain acts in relation to Christian moral teachings.
In today’s anything goes mindset, homosexuality is just another symptom of our fall from grace. AIDS and HIV are no more a curse against the homosexual community than unwanted pregnancy and other STDs that are a plague to the rest of us. For homo, and hetero alike, the lie is the same — “let no one tell you what you can do with your body.” That would almost be acceptable, if the general public wasn’t being forced to pay part of the cost of their immoral choices.
My brothers and sisters, the costs to sin are real and tangible. Disease and death entered the world as a result of the fall. In God’s love for the human race, he attempted to mitigate the damage by setting in place certain guidelines. This moral code is repugnant to our prideful culture. Instead of abstaining from sex, the culture demands a remedy. Billions of dollars have been spent on research to discover a cure for AIDS, and millions of lives have been sacrificed on the altar of sex without supposed consequences.
My brothers and sisters, lest you think I’m simply talking to a fictional audience, none of us are immune to the scourge of sin. Even the venerable Apostle Paul struggled with sin: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” ~Romans 7:15-20
If any of us say that we are without sin, we are deceiving ourselves ~1 John 1:8.
As the presiding bishop for an International Confederation of Catholic Churches, I pledge to continue teaching the truth, no matter the cost; to my bishops I request you do the same. Parents, become an active participants in your children’s education. Teach them well to follow the moral code presented in scripture and church tradition. Scripture is not simply some out of touch, ancient tome. The warnings we see therein are real. The consequences of sex outside of a traditional marriage between a man and a woman are tangible. Repeat this point often and loudly SAFE SEX IS A LIE. The costs include, spiritual, psychological, and have the potential of affecting your life in a tangible and unforgiving manner.
This writing is fact, not hyperbole, the facts speak loudly. I too, in my pre-priestly life have succumbed to the lie. I am ashamed to say that I’ve had to pay a price for the sexual freedom of my youth. The silver lining though, is that there is forgiveness from even the most egregious of sins. All it takes is contrition, and seeking the Lord’s forgiveness. However, sometimes the long-term costs on our conscience is palpable and difficult to deal with, even in the long term.
I prayerfully ask you to listen to the voice of experience. Listen from the place of an informed conscience, and the admonitions of the Apostle Paul and flee from sin. The costs are simply too high.
Sexually Transmitted Statistics
- One in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in this country, half of those among young people aged 15–24.
- Even though young people account for half of new STI cases, a recent survey showed only about 12% were tested for STIs in the last year.
- CDC estimates that undiagnosed STIs cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year.
- The total estimated direct cost of STIs annually in the U.S. about $16 billion.
- Researchers estimate that at least 80% of sexually active people will have an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime.
- CDC data for 2013–2014 show that about 42% of men and 40% of women aged 18-59 had genital HPV at that time.
- HPV is responsible for approximately 31,500 cases of cancer each year, including nearly all cases of cervical and anal cancer, about 75% of vaginal cancer, 70% of oropharyngeal cancer, and 69% of vulvar cancer.
- Within 6 years of the introduction of the first HPV vaccine, there was a 64% decrease in HPV prevalence among females aged 14 to 19 years and a 34% decrease among those aged 20 to 24 years.
- Herpes infection is common. About 1 in 8 people aged 14-49 in the U.S. has genital herpes.
- About 1 in 2 people ages 14-49 in the U.S. are infected with HSV-1, which is the typical cause of oral herpes. However, increasing numbers of genital herpes cases are caused by HSV-1.
- Symptoms of genital herpes often go unnoticed. Most people with genital herpes—close to 90%—don’t know they have the infection.
- Globally, researchers estimate that about two-thirds of the population under age 50—more than 3.7 billion people–are infected with HSV-1. Some 140 million people aged 15-49 are infected with genital HSV-1, primarily in the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis
- In 2015, rates of the three most common reportable STIs—chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis—reached a record high level. The approximately 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia represent the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to CDC.
- While CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend annual chlamydia screening for sexually active young women ages 15-24, fewer than half of eligible women are screened according the guidelines.
- Young people ages 15 to 24 years old accounted for 65% of chlamydia diagnoses and 50% of gonorrhea diagnoses in 2015.
- During 2014–2015, rates of syphilis in both men and women increased in every region of the country.
- From 2013–2015, the reported gonorrhea infections increased each year. In 2015, a total of 395,216 cases were reported for a rate of 123.9 gonorrhea cases per 100,000 population.
- In women, undiagnosed and untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. (PID). According to CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulties getting pregnant.
- CDC estimates that approximately 850,000 persons are living with hepatitis B in the U.S., although other studies have estimated this number to be as high as 2.2 million.
- The rate of new hepatitis B infections has declined by approximately 82% since 1991, when routine vaccination of children was first recommended.
- Of the more than 3 million people living with Hepatitis C, 3 out of every 4 are “Baby Boomers,” born from 1945-1965. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults.
- According to CDC, 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it.
- In 2015, 39,513 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the U.S. in 2015.
- In 2013, an estimated 42% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older, 25% were aged 55 and older, and 6% were aged 65 and older.
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, involves talking a daily medication to prevent HIV infection in people who are HIV-negative. When taken consistently, PrEP has shown to reduce HIV infection risk by up to 92%.