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The guide has sparked a controversy among conservative sectors who claim the guidelines promote homosexuality and pedophilia.

The Catholic Church of Uruguay has launched a progressive online course called “Learn how to love” as an alternative to the sexual education guidelines developed by the Education Ministry.

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Cardinal Daniel Sturla presented the project at a press conference, saying the free online course will be available from next Monday.

The course is taught by psychologist Liliana Olivieri and the doctor Silvana Fiamene.

Olivieri, in an interview with Argentina's branch of the Opus Dei in October 2012, explained how “God approached her” after her husband died when she was 33 years old. Back then, Olivieri was a mother of seven — she now has 10 children.

A short animated video presentation outlined the four sections of the course: “Who am I: smart and free” with an “anthropological focus,” “My body: equal and different,”with a focus on anatomy and physiology, “How am I: strong and happy” about the psycho-affective development and shaping moral values, “My world: able to love,” about “sociology, law and communication.”

The course claims to focus not just on sexuality but “sexuality as a projection of love that transcends various levels, including love between parents and children, siblings, friends, between boyfriend and girlfriend, and husband and wife.”

The sexuality guide was introduced in June with the support of the United Nations Population Fund but it has sparked a controversy among conservative sectors who claim the guidelines promote homosexuality and pedophilia, and that it contains pornographic illustrations.

Hundreds of people marched last Friday, including the group “United Men,”under the slogan #ConMisHijosNoteMetas, or #Don'tMessWithMyChildren to protest the sex education course.

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