Mandatory child abuse in Boston?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 23, 2003

Archbishop Sean O'Malley, who rode into Boston on a white horse looking like a potential hero, is quickly revealing himself to be anything but.

Remember the "Talking about Touching" program, which introduces grammar-school students to explicit discussion of sexual perversion-- under the guise of protecting them from abuse? As Domenico Bettinelli demonstrated in a Catholic World Report article, the program doesn't protect children; it exploits them.

This thoroughly rotten program, introduced under the "old regime" in the Boston archdiocese, tramples on the rights of parents, exposes children to material that will certainly upset them, violates Vatican guidelines, and contains no trace of Catholic teaching.

This week Archbishop Sean informed all pastors in the Boston archdiocese that they will be required to implement the "Talking about Touching" curriculum in their schools and religious-education programs.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2003 4:16 PM ET USA

    The scenario is eerily familiar. Parents express concerns that their children are being sexually abused by Church personnel. The hierarchy dismisses the concerns and asks the unhappy parents to trust in the archdiocese. Well, we all know how that story ended. Now we have a Charter that aims to protect children from sexual abuse. As the familiar scenario begins to replay in the guise of TAT, perhaps it's time to accept a recommendation of the Charter and notify Cardinal Ratzinger and the CDF.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2003 1:34 PM ET USA

    WF: You are really a "tough customer"! I hope and pray nobody will ASSAULT you. Meanwhile, I still hope very much to meet you in person.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2003 8:56 AM ET USA

    Not only have we seen some incredibly poor appointments, but nothing whatever has been done to correct them once their shortcomings have become public knowledge. The only bishop who was openly removed was Jacques Gaillot of the diocese of Evereaux in France and in that case action was taken by the Holy See only after the episcopal conference asked for intervention. Can anyone imagine the USCCB doing such a thing?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2003 11:17 PM ET USA

    We can only assume that the Pope fully endorses "Talking About Touching." He appointed this archbishop and the other bishops who are using this program. It would be untenable to think that this Pope is so gifted of intellect and Christian faith as to be thought of as "Great" even before his death, yet incapable of appointing--and being reponsible for appointing-the scum who have entered the episcopacy by his decree. John Paul the Chump, the Patsy or the Fool are more likely historical appendages

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2003 10:02 PM ET USA

    I have heard and read much about "holy" obedience in my life-time. It's high time for some responsible person to put out a treatise on HOLY DISOBEDIENCE ! I wonder what Archb. Sean would do, if I told him to his face: "I WILL NOT do this !"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2003 9:20 PM ET USA

    My Lord! I knew in my heart that the Archbishop was a bit much, but this is incredible. What it portends for Boston, I don't know, but faithful Catholics need to stay close to their core values given by Christ. One hopes that there are enough courageous Catholics left there to get on the offensive as quickly as possible.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2003 4:59 PM ET USA

    "Talking About Excommunicating" should be next up to bat. Swing and a miss by DH ArchB SoM