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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 13, 2004

The Archdiocese of Detroit has issued updated guidelines for clergy, employees, and volunteers, as a supplement to its Protecting God's Children program. They make a reasonable start, using language uneasily adapted from the Dental Hygienists Professional Standards guide ...

* Never engage in sexual intimacies with the persons they counsel. This includes consensual and nonconsensual conduct, forced physical conduct, inappropriate sexual remarks.

... but then return to familiar moral territory where they obviously feel more confident.

* Volunteers must not smoke or use tobacco products in presence of children or youths.

Protecting God’s Children. It's a comfort to know that the Archdiocese is taking pro-active steps to insure a smoke- and aggravated sexual battery-free environment for the most vulnerable among us. Who can argue with that?

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  • Posted by: Gertrude - Sep. 14, 2004 11:05 AM ET USA

    I've found it interesting in the past 10 years that my school aged children have been taught that cigarette smoking and doing drugs are equal wrongs, (mind you smoking is a vile habit), but it seems to me that doing meth is a little bit more destructive to themselves, their friends and society in general. Amusing similarity, but then we are the seamless garment people aren't we?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2004 9:46 PM ET USA

    Somehow I just can't see St. John Bosco or St. John Vianney having any need for the moronic "programs" these imbeciles come up with to solve life's many problems. Some advice: if you ordain manly men to the priesthood who want to live only for God and work for the salvation of souls, you will rapidly see the incidence of this kind of disgusting behavior plummet to very near zero. Unfortunately it seems "pious" people don't get past the first round of seminarian interviews.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 13, 2004 7:55 PM ET USA

    It's good that only "inappropriate sexual remarks" are proscribed. Leaving them free to make appropriate sexual remarks.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Sep. 13, 2004 4:17 PM ET USA

    Reminds me of a photo in our parish bulletin a decade ago. We had a photo of the pastor accompanying his column. For a couple of years, we saw a jolly elderly Irishman with his trusty pipe. It always gave us pleasure. Then one day, the forces of our Total Hygiene Society took over and the photo was retaken minus the pipe. Can't give scandal, you know. Some twelve year-old might see a photo of Fr. Peter with a pipe and sneak a cigarette.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2004 11:59 AM ET USA

    And that "Touching Safety" program being implemented for little kiddies is just another indication.

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