This section was followed by what is described on the website as "the Process", in which students considered some sample case studies under the direction of the teacher and a priest. Among these cases studies are two that seemed a more than a little daring for seventh grade children: Mary and the Problem Pregnancy, and Annie-- To Report or Not Report.
While the latter has a creepiness factor of 10, in the interests of time let me focus on the former. It dealt with the travails of a woman who was divorced from an emotionally abusive man and who becomes pregnant with another man's child outside of wedlock. See if you can square the circle of description from this excerpt:
She met a young man who was decent to her, respected her, and was loving towards her. She would eventually marry him, but before they were married, she became pregnant again.
Just how the young man who took advantage of her and joined her in mortal sin was nonetheless "decent" to her and "respected her" is less than clear. And, sorry, but "became pregnant"? I can imagine little Janey raising her hand and asking, "Father, if they weren't married, how did she become pregnant? How can that happen?" Perhaps I am not jaded enough if I dare hope that even one seventh grader may have some measure of childhood innocence left. Be that as it may, it is the province of the parent to decide when these topics are covered, and not that of the school.
The scenario then allows the children to discuss Mary's (and isn't that name loaded with implications?) two options: to have the baby or to abort the baby.
I can't speak to the rest of the religion curriculum at this school, but I wonder if the children are as adept at internalizing the teachings of the faith and sound Catholic theology as they are about the plight of women who don't have access to "family planning" services.
And these types of programs seem to have the implicit support of Catholic Charities, whose ongoing collaboration with JustFaith (which includes a recent workshop given by its founder Jack Jezreel, who has ties to the dissident group Call to Action) sends a message that social justice need not be "tethered to the truth", as the Holy Father maintains it must be.
In case you're wondering, the tuition at Our Lady Queen of Peace is $3,780 per year.