While many parents and community members are relieved and gratified by the Bishops of Saskatchewan’s recent decision to rescind the letter expressing concerns regarding the HPV vaccine and issue a new letter in its place, others are troubled. It seems to some that such a decision by the Bishops is evidence of a weakening of Church teaching on chastity and even that the Bishops were cowed into submission by a hostile media. Here at the Archdiocese we have heard from many who were confused and hurt by the first letter but also from some who are confused and hurt by the retraction of that letter.
In light of this situation, it is important to explain this decision more fully. First of all, it is important to note what the two letters have in common. Both letters uphold and emphasize both parental responsibility and the virtue of chastity. The Bishops’ position on these issues has not changed.... Read More