Boston pastor refuses to implement Talking about Touching

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Oct 09, 2003

A pastor in the Archdiocese of Boston has bravely informed Archbishop Sean O'Malley that his moral duty as a pastor of souls compels him to refuse to implement "Talking about Touching" in his parish because he thinks it is evil. Bravo Fr. David Mullen.

This isn't the first contact with the archdiocese by Fr. Mullen either. He wrote a letter to Bishop Lennon 3 months ago and it still hasn't been answered. That a pastor's letter to the acting bishop about an important moral issue wasn't even acknowledged, even after 3 months, is just plain wrong.

The parish web site also has a good summary of the problems with TaT.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2003 10:25 PM ET USA

    Fr. Mullen is a hero. I think all school based sex prgms, like T&T, are a form of predator sex-abuse. Sex is about generous love not plumbing or avoiding consequences. Generous love can ONLY be taught in the family. Predators come in all types: burglars, murderers, bullies, adulterers, liars, thieves, molesters, etc, all covered in 10 commands or HS ethics. HS bio covers the plumbing.Teach parents to do their job! School's role is very, very 2nd place and subordinate. They are OUR children.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2003 12:13 AM ET USA

    I would suppose you could go to the web site for the parents organized to fight TaT: Concerned School Parents and get involved in the fight.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 11:35 PM ET USA

    Domenico, How do Catholics from outside the Boston area show support for Fr David Mullen ?(besides prayer); we wish to help a fellow faithful Catholic and prevent this teaching tumour spread any further than Boston.

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Oct. 10, 2003 10:03 PM ET USA

    To Jim E Sorry, I don't believe ia hard copy is available on the web. I "tape" EWTN's Sunday masses. I suggest emailing EWTN - Rev Br. Dominic Mary and ask for a copy. As I noted, he read his homily. He must have spent considerable time preparing it. As I suggested it could be converted into an article for Catholic World Report. .

  • Posted by: Jim E - Oct. 10, 2003 7:05 PM ET USA

    To John S -- Where can we obtain a copy of the Homily which you referred to in your comments? Online... I hope.

  • Posted by: leila - Oct. 10, 2003 6:32 PM ET USA

    Fr. Dave Mullen, we're behind you 100%. But -- can it be that there is only one priest willing to take a stand in the whole Archdiocese of Boston?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 12:37 AM ET USA

    The Lord bless Father David, a true hero. Will the entrenched "powers" throw every trick in the book at him? Let's pray for this modern-day David as he takes on the soiled Goliath of the Archdiocese of Boston !

  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2003 9:48 PM ET USA

    As CS Lewis showed, Screwtape read all his letters and drafted all of his own responses. Of course, Screwtape was trying to change things. And, since we're all Machiavellians now, we can agree that "changing the existing order of things" is a very tough thing to do. Why strain ourselves?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2003 6:13 PM ET USA

    A pastor with guts, morality and integrity! Fr. David Mullen is the true shepherd in Boston. May God increase his number until our "progressive" bishops begin to examine the dangers of these programs and address their own culpability in cowardly acts.

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Oct. 09, 2003 5:51 PM ET USA

    There was an outstanding homily on responsibility of parents, priests, bishops on this topic by Rev. Br. Dominic Mary MFVA on EWTN for the twenty-sixth Week Sunday. Br. Dominic read his homily is might be excellent material for an article in Catholic World Report. He covers all the basis quoting from Mark 9-42 to basic Vatican documents with a lead about a non-US Catholic conference promoting gross sexual education to very young children.