The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has called for a complete rewrite of the government’s National Strategy for the Child 2019-2030, urging a ban on terminations of pregnancy, for religion to be a compulsory subject in schools, no sex education, The Sofia Globe reports.
The strategy, which succeeds the 2008/2018 version, was posted for comment on the government’s strategy.bg website in January and closed for comments on February 8.
The church posted its comments on the Patriarchate’s website and they were annexed to the strategy.bg website.
The church said a ban on termination of pregnancy would make it possible that “our society and in particular Bulgarian children will receive a new chance for full existence and blessed progress, and our society – an opportunity to overcome the demographic crisis”.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church also called for religion to become a compulsory subject in schools.
“Religious education in kindergartens and schools educates not only the minds but also the hearts of the smallest members of our society
The church said that quality education for all children would not be complete without compulsory religious education, with the option of “choice among several strands, depending on the views and religion of the family and the child”.
It opposed the idea of sex education at schools, insisting that “the younger generations are educated about the value of true love and not about sexuality that is taken out of the context of love”.
The church said that young people should be taught that the best contraceptive is abstinence, rather than “sexual permissiveness when using contraception before and outside marriage”.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the largest religious denomination in Bulgaria, with close to 60 percent of Bulgarians having declared themselves to be adherents of it, in the most recent census in 2011.
Article 13 (3) of Bulgaria’s constitution says that “Eastern Orthodox Christianity shall be considered the traditional religion in the Republic of Bulgaria”.
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