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Sask. Bishops Revise Letter On 'Moral Implications' Of HPV Vaccine

An out-of-date note had been sent to Catholic school boards and parents.

10/07/2017 09:01 EDT | Updated 10/07/2017 09:01 EDT

REGINA — Saskatchewan bishops and the Catholic school division have apologized and sent out a new letter to parents about the human papillomavirus vaccine.

Late last month, a letter had been sent out to Catholic school boards and parents, cautioning them about the moral implications of the vaccine.

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"First, in accord with the moral teaching of the Church, it is important that young people be encouraged to avoid any kind of promiscuous behaviour that, along with other negative effects, also can put them in danger of cervical cancer," it read.

"Scientific evidence supports the ethical stance that responsible sexual behaviour, abstinence until marriage and then a faithful, monogamous union are the surest way to good health. The teaching of the Church on sexual morality remains a sure guide to our children. It provides for them a path to achieving sound loving relationships and wholeness of life."

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But it turns out that was a decade-old letter that was sent out in error.

Brett Salkeld with the Archdiocese of Regina says "it was adequate at the time and it was true at the time," but there is now more information about the vaccine.

The new letter says it is up to parents to make responsible decisions about their children 'according to their own conscience.'

The new letter says it is up to parents to make responsible decisions about their children "according to their own conscience," while being informed by both "scientific findings and their faith."

The letter also says the decisions are a matter of public health.

Salkeld says the bishops talked with cancer researchers and health-care professionals to ensure they were sending out updated and accurate information.

"All of us are going to have our radars up before these kinds of public communications go out again," he says.

With files from HuffPost Canada

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