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RELIGION AND ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY. The Reverend Debra W. Haffner PowerPoint presentation by Gregory J. Haffner Tartaglione, age 10. “Sexuality is a result of the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and religious/spiritual factors.” PAHO 2000

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The Reverend Debra W. Haffner

PowerPoint presentation by Gregory J. Haffner Tartaglione, age 10

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  • “Sexuality is a result of the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and religious/spiritual factors.” PAHO 2000

  • “The expression of sexuality is influenced by ethical, spiritual, cultural, and moral concerns” SIECUS

  • “A sexually healthy adult… assesses the impact of family, cultural, religious, media, and societal messages on one’s thoughts, feelings, values, and behaviors related to sexuality.”SIECUS

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Genesis 1:27 sexuality, love, and inclusion.

“God created humankind in his image

In the image of god he created them

Male and Female he created them”

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Genesis 1:28 sexuality, love, and inclusion.

“God blessed them and said to them: be fruitful and multiply”

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Genesis 2:18 sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as a partner.”

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Genesis 2:24 - 25 sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • “Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.”

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Roman Catholicism sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • “Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of the body and the soul.”

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  • Consensual sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Non-Exploitive

  • Honest

  • Mutually Pleasurable

  • Protected

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Catolicas Por El Derecho A Decidir sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Bolivia

  • Brazil

  • Columbia

  • Argentina

  • Peru


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Theological Support For Comprehensive Sexuality Education sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Sexuality is a divinely bestowed blessing.

  • Rites of passage.

  • Adolescence: time of moral discernment & development of a freely informed conscience

  • Inclusive commitment to all people

  • Truth-telling

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Roman Catholicism & Adolescent Sexuality sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Supports sex education in parishes and schools

  • Emphasis on love, mutuality, co-creation

  • Preparing young people for marriage

  • Development of a moral conscience

  • Liberation theology: Good News for the poor

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Religious Teens Less Likely to Engage in Risk Taking sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • 31% of faith-involved 17 year olds have sexual intercourse vs 61% in US

  • 80% more likely to use a condom

  • 50% more likely to wait to have intercourse

  • 92% morals and values should play a major role

  • Less likely to use alcohol and other drugs

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Religious Teens Most Likely To Delay Intercourse sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Attend one or more times a week

  • Pray daily.

  • Influenced by religious teachings

  • Strong connection with congregation

  • Adults portray sexuality in a healthy manner

  • Congregation encourages abstinence

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Highly Religious Teens Substitute Non-Coital Behaviors sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • ORAL SEX: 29% males, 26% females

  • FONDLING: 70%


  • MASTURBATION: 89% males, 71% females

  • KISSING: Universal

  • ORIENTATION: 14% boys, 11% girls homosexual, bisexual, or questioning

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Barriers sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Personal Hurts

  • History of Negative experiences

  • Religio-phobia

  • Belief religious Voices monolithic

  • Real Value conflicts

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OPPORTUNITIES sexuality, love, and inclusion.

  • Training: Clergy, Youth Ministers, RE

  • Church-based sexuality education

  • Preaching on sexuality issues

  • Joint programming

  • Religious leadership involved in national programs

  • Country specific adaptations of Religious Declaration

  • Counseling to Address Religious Influences

  • Reciprocal Referral Networks

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Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing embracing.

304 Main Avenue, # 335

Norwalk, CT, 06851 USA

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