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FAQs about the Publisher's Pledge for
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents.

Before you email us with questions please read these FAQs, the "Introduction to Parents" from the book,
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents (a free download from this web site) and other related documents on this web site.


General FAQs for our Publisher's Pledge program both within the United States and for our international program

FAQs for our Publisher's Pledge program within the United States

FAQs for our Publisher's Pledge international program

General FAQs for our Publisher's Pledge program both within the United States and for our international program

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Is there a way to preview the book Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents?
Yes, the whole book is a free download from this web site. Click the
"Free Download" button at the bottom of the Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents Home Page (at the top of the menu on the left of this page).

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How do we order boxes of books?
Download the active PDF
Order form for SW for CA Publisher's Pledge for within the United States, fill out the PDF form on your computer, calculate the costs and enter it on the form, then print the form and sign it. Write a check for the appropriate amount and send the check and order form to us at:

Sex Education for Advanced Beginners, Inc.
PO Box 10762
Newport Beach, California 92658

Please allow four weeks for delivery.

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Should Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents be taught to or given to students younger than 16?
This is up to the parents' discretion. The Catholic Church teaches that parents should be the primary instructors of their children's sexuality education and we have made every effort to follow that guideline. In general, we recommend against teaching the course to homeschooled female students before 16 years of age. It may be appropriate or advisable to teach male students or those who attend school outside the home at 15 years of age. In general, for students younger than 15 years of age, we recommend only teaching parts of the course depending on the circumstances, for example, if the student has been involved in serious sexual sin or has been exposed to pornography. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, the Pauline Principle always applies: do not do evil so that good may come about. If the parents believe that there is a risk of scandalizing the student by teaching it at a younger age, they should wait.

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Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents was written for 16-17 year old homeschoolers. Is it appropriate for people older than 17?
Yes, many adults find it both interesting and enlightening. We recommend it for anyone 16-20 years of age and for any adult. We also specifically recommend this book to anyone who teaches sex education in school. Most sex educators do not appreciate the errors and vulgarity in most sex education courses and many will understand where they are going wrong after reading this book.

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If Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents is written for 11th graders (16-17 year-olds), why did you write it at a fifth grade reading level?
We did this to make sure that most parents and students could understand the book, even those with reading difficulties.

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Who is your main target audience?
For dioceses and high schools in United States we expect the schools to send home the books to the parents of students who are no younger than 16 years of age or 11th grade. For the first year of the program the schools may wish to send the books home with all students in the 11th and 12th grades and then to the 11th graders only in subsequent years. Dioceses outside the United States may have schools which include students who are older than 16 or 17 and may wish to include those students in the distribution program.

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Aside from schools, who should distribute this book?
For parishes and other organizations, please see our "
Sample Announcement for Mass and other Gatherings." These files will help parishes arrange for distribution of the books to congregations after Mass. We also recommend that parishes distribute the books to parents who have students attending chastity programs (the students see a "preview" of the Church's teachings and then get the "feature presentation" to take home) or to the parents of students in confirmation classes. At the discretion of the parish or organization we recommend suggesting a free-will donation of $5 per book as a fund raising opportunity.

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Should this book ever be taught to two adolescent students at once or to groups?
In order to appropriately educate each adolescent according to his or her own developmental stage, this course should be taught individually and under the parent's or primary caregiver's direction.

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Are you planning on publishing a Spanish translation of Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents?
Yes, we plan on doing so as soon as possible. Please monitor this web site for updates.

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When do you expect to publish Sexual Wisdom, the Bible and Adolescents for Evangelical Christians and the secular version, Sexual Wisdom for Adolescents?
Due to the initial excitement over the publication of
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents and its Publisher's Pledge these two projects are on hold. Please monitor this web site for updates.

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Is the Publisher's Pledge program open to retailers or book sellers?
No.

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Can we print copies of the book Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents within the United States?
The part of the Publisher's Pledge for dioceses outside the U.S. is also open to Catholic dioceses within the U.S., however, it is cheaper for dioceses within the U.S. to order directly from us (see explanation below). This material is copyrighted and may only be printed with the explicit permission of Sex Education for Advanced Beginners, Inc. The offer to extend permission to print
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents is made only to Catholic dioceses, not to high schools, parishes, or other groups.

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Does the Publisher's Pledge program apply to Dr. Wetzel's first book, Sexual Wisdom?
No. The book distribution program for priests and educators that is found elsewhere on this web site only applies to the book
Sexual Wisdom and is completely separate from our Publisher's Pledge program for Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents.

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Why do students need a course that is so comprehensive and explicit?
(From the "Introduction to Parents" in
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents) We have purposely written the course to offer a fairly complete coverage of a wide range of subjects. Issues related to sexuality are significant enough to devote a good deal of energy and time to teaching about them. Because of the importance of sexuality, Pope John Paul II made the subject a central theme of his pontificate. His numerous contributions on sexuality include books (The Theology of the Body, Love and Responsibility), encyclicals (The Gospel of Life [Evangelium Vitae]), apostolic exhortations (Familiaris Consortio), apostolic letters (Letter to the Family), etc. The first part of Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical, God is Love, also picks up on the theme. I highly recommend that parents read these wonderful resources and discuss them or make them available to their children. Another reason for completeness is that I wrote this course to mold my children into Catholic activists-soldiers for Christ. Activists must be armed with information, so I included more material than I might have with a more "essentials-only" approach in mind.

From discussions with experienced parents it is evident that there are different ways to use the adolescent course based on parenting style and preferences. Parents who read through this course along with their children may wish to edit sections of it that they feel their children already understand, to reduce the course length, or to exclude topics that they feel are unnecessary. The course should be considered a template, parts of which can be expanded upon or eliminated. Parents who prefer a more informal approach may want to simply use the course as a general outline of the subjects, or as a way of checking to see what subjects they have left uncovered. Or, as mentioned before, parents may opt to have the student read the course on his or her own.

Some will argue that the material in this course is too explicit. While we have tried to limit discussion about the dark side of sexuality, the truth is that there is an overwhelming amount of it in the modern world and those entering adulthood should have some familiarity with many of its aspects. Adolescents will do better if they have been informed about these things at least once by a trusted adult. We believe that even children with a potential religious vocation should have this information presented to them in a clear manner at least once and our experience bears this out.

For example, consider a possible missed opportunity involving the appalling modern sex slave industry, not mentioned in this book, in which thousands of girls and women are sold into the most degrading circumstances, especially in Asia and Africa. While some Catholics are addressing this tragedy we are unaware of cloistered nuns who have been directed to pray specifically for those involved. What if teenagers were to read about the situation in this course and were transformed through Christ and, with the approval of their superiors, dedicated their lives to praying for the victims and perpetrators of this dreadful business? By raising such issues, students gain insight into the terrible consequences of sexual impurity and the possible ways of countering it, and tap into their potential for greatness. By failing to explicitly mention such issues in this book, the author consciously allows for missed opportunities. The nagging question remains: Where should the cutoff lie? One may argue that this course covers too much, but such examples justify the idea that it may not cover enough.

Another example of what is not in this book, but perhaps should be, is the "black genocide" that has been occurring in the United States for decades. Blacks make up 13% of the population of the United States and yet 38% of abortions are done on black women. This is three times the expected rate. Hundreds of thousands of black children are being murdered by Planned Parenthood and other abortionists every year, all without comment from black political leaders. Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of dollars of United States federal money every year to do this and is strongly supported by our black president. What a tragic, horrid irony. Again, this issue is not discussed in this book but perhaps should be.


FAQs for our Publisher's Pledge program within the United States.

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Do we have to order intact boxes of books with this program?
Yes.

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How many books come in a box?
For each box ordered, you will receive 46 books of
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents.

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Can I pay in any other way besides a check?
Not at this time.

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Do we need to be Catholic to order boxes of Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents books through your Publisher's Pledge?
No. Anyone within the United States, except retailers and book sellers, may order as many boxes as they want.

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What is the best way to reach you for additional questions?
Email.

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Does Dr. Wetzel or do other staff members give talks or presentations?
Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents is intended as a parent/child or self teaching program. We do not provide group presentations on the material.

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Will Dr. Wetzel or other staff members give interviews to the media?
Dr. Wetzel does so on a select basis.

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Do you charge a "Handling Fee" for shipping the books?
No. This is why the shipping costs are much lower than expected. However, due to many factors, especially the method of shipping and the volume, shipping charges may vary greatly over time. Our goal is always to estimate as closely as possible the actual shipping charges. The order form will be updated as needed.

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Can organizations within the United States print the book locally, as with your international program?
Yes. As with the international program, any Catholic diocese within the United States may print the book locally. If interested, the diocese should contact us for the necessary files and permissions at
swcabookorder@live.com and we will email them to the diocese. As with the international program, this only applies to Catholic dioceses and does not apply to any other type of organization. It is not open to schools or parishes. We do not recommend this approach to dioceses within the U.S. because the costs to the dioceses are likely to be significantly higher than ordering books through us. The reason for this is that we print in greater quantities than most dioceses are capable of and our fees for both the books and shipping are geared to provide the books at cost, and so are minimal. We are able to come close to estimating "at cost" charges and so it is unlikely that a diocese in the United States could save money printing the books on their own. Never-the-less, we are willing to send all necessary files for free to any diocese that wishes to do this.

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FAQs for our Publisher's Pledge international program

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How do we begin the process of obtaining the necessary files and permissions to print the book Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents locally?
You must email us at
swcabookorder@live.com with your diocese name, your bishop's name, and the name of a contact person and we will email you the "Initial Agreement between Diocese and SEFAB Outside the U.S." form. You must fill out the form with your computer, print it, sign it, scan it and email it back to us. We will guide you through the process from there. We do not have fax capabilities. To qaulify for this program you must be a Catholic diocese with a web site and email access through the web site.

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Can we just use the file from your website to print copies of Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents?
No, the printer will need clearance from us to print copyrighted material and the files are not the correct specifications to print. Also, the files that we will send you will be formatted so as to reduce your printing costs dramatically.

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For those outside the United States, do we need to be Catholic to print Sexual Wisdom for Catholic Adolescents locally through your Publisher's Pledge?
Yes. Outside the United States the offer is only for Catholic dioceses with a web site and email access through the web site.

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For those outside the United States, is this offer open to other rites of the Catholic faith besides those of the Roman rite?
Yes. The offer is open to any Catholic diocese that is outside of the United States of any rite (such as Byzantine).

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Does your Publisher's Pledge apply to high schools or parishes outside of the United States?
No. It only applies to Catholic dioceses within the United States.

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How do you make money through your international program? It seems like you are just giving the books away.
That is correct. We don't make any money. We have no relationship with the printers or publishers. We are a non-profit corporation and are giving the books away.

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Sex Education for Advanced Beginners, Inc., PO Box 10762, Newport Beach, California 92658, USA