Sex education should begin early in life – and by sex education, I mean real sex education. The kind of sex education our children are taught today is all about how to “have sex”. They forget that sex is something we “have” all the time. Why? Because sex isn’t something you do, it’s something you are. Of course, I am talking about gender. Again our culture confuses ends and means. Intercourse between married couples is a means of spousal unity and procreation, but though we shall have our bodies anew in the general resurrection, marriage and sexual intercourse will be no more. Nevertheless, we will still retain our genders.
Unlike gender, sexual intercourse is a means and not an end in itself.
Teaching our children this concrete reality will do much more for vocations than how to properly use a condom with someone they don’t know and don’t love. Before a man can be married or enter the monastery or priesthood, he first must know what it means to be a man. Teaching women how to be women and men how to be men is the kind of sex education that should begin early and it is sadly the kind of sex education that few of our children really learn.