The Star of the Sea Catholic Church and School in San Francisco, California, handed out a pamphlet to students in December 2014 that now has many parents enraged.
The pamphlet, “The Examination of Conscience and Catholic Doctrine,” asks elementary school students questions about sodomy, abortion, mercy killing, adultery and masturbation (video below).
According to SFGate.com, the questions included: "Did I perform impure acts by myself (masturbation) or with another (adultery, fornication and sodomy)?” and, “Did I practice artificial birth control or was I or my spouse prematurely sterilized (tubal ligation or vasectomy)?” and, “Have I had or advised anyone to have an abortion?”
Some teachers refused to hand out the pamphlets to school children.
Father Joseph Illo, who is head of the school, told NBC Bay Area that it was "inappropriate" to distribute the pamphlets to children in grades two through six.
Last month, Father Illo caused controversy when he banned girls from being altar servers. Before that incident, Father Illo banned non-Catholic students from receiving blessings while Catholic students engaged in Communion, but changed his mind after parents complained.