Do you feel safer now?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 05, 2006

The Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, proudly announces that it has been found to be in "full compliance" with the Dallas Charter. "The ongoing efforts in parishes, schools and religious education programs to ensure that the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is fully implemented have borne fruit," says Bishop Timothy McDonnell.

Former Bishop Thomas L. Dupre did not offer a public comment on the auditor's report. Come to think of it, Bishop Dupre hasn't offered public comments on any topic since he disappeared from public view, just prior to the district attorney's announcement that, but for the statute of limitations, he would have prosecuted Dupre on rape charges. So the former bishop is an accused child molester, and nobody knows where he is now; the diocese won't say. But your children are safe in Springfield; the diocese is fully committed to protecting children from abusers (and not vice versa). That's what the audit said, isn't it?

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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 06, 2006 1:26 PM ET USA

    "The Singer" et al. The joke of the Virtus program becomes a walk into a dense fog when it comes to their "Teaching Touching Safety" program. For instance, the developers of the program believe that our children should be taught the proper anatomical names for their private body parts from the age of 18 MONTHS. Even if that is a good thing to do, this & like programs are mandatory in many diocese's making parents sign forms to "opt out" their children. It gets worse...

  • Posted by: The Singer - Jan. 06, 2006 12:36 AM ET USA

    I took the Veritas/Safe Passages training. It is so simplistic that I would call it a joke, except that innocent childrens' lives are involved. You should see the updates we receive periodically. You don't even have to read the paragraph all the way through to answer the multiple choice portion. Granted I passed the background check but I hardly feel qualified. This is a band-aid, just more of the same cover-up & failure to take real responsibility-to act professionally & with compassion.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2006 10:11 PM ET USA

    Sir William, that is an excellent point. Responsibility could well be foisted upon the child. In a similar situation, the Diocese of Arlington (VA) has implemented "Good Touch, Bad Touch". They clearly state that if parents opt their kids out of it and their kids are subsequently molested, the parents can be held culpable for the molestation (because they didn't have their child participate). It's all about escaping liability; forget the real answer: expunge the gays.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jan. 05, 2006 2:04 PM ET USA

    Do I feel safer? No. Rather, I feel quite ill. Having seen the said material (and shielded my own children from it) I still think that our bishops are using it as a smokescreen for their own personal incompetance and lack of concern for spiritual wellbeing of their flock. They're using the 'safe touch' as a legal shield. If the child is molested by a priest after taking the course, it can be said to be the child's fault for not taking proper precautions. Its all about $$ and no responsibility.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2006 12:35 PM ET USA

    Did Jesus have a "Dallas Charter" for the Apostles? Did St. John Bosco and the early Salesians have (or need) such a charter? Whence does the need arise? It comes when the Church is just another humanitarian organization devoid of its supernatural identity. Priests who have ZERO interest in the salvation of souls have ZERO business talking to your children, much less being anywhere near touching them. Let the Church return to its mission and this problem will solve itself.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2006 9:48 AM ET USA

    In the diocese of Rochester, the children are safer because they are allowed no contact with any adult in any Catholic institution unless that adult has been "trained" to be near them. Even parents who volunteer to car pool kids to a parish event. In the usual response of liberals to any kind of problem, we punish the people who obey the laws, while sheilding the villans. Bishop Clark is "grateful" for the "gifts" of his homesexual priests, but says parents are not to be trusted.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2006 9:41 AM ET USA

    When US (and Canadian) Catholicism wakes up to the fact that to clean house they have to be prepared to have around 50% of bishop's seats vacant due to firings, then there will be some hope. Right now, North American Catholicism is a potemkin village of Catholics in dire need of confession who seem to have (by and large) a Lutheran conception of the Eucharist and a Muzak conception of sacred music. Let the contraction and purification of Catholicism begin.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 05, 2006 9:26 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, et al, that website with info regarding the safe touching programs for our children is This "don't touch" link contains some well researched info. Our poor children!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 05, 2006 9:09 AM ET USA

    How this Dallas Charter is being implemented, along with the disappointing seminary visitations, things don't look very hopeful. In many Diocese's children are required to go through a safe touching program which is problematic..and there are otherwise orthodox Bishops' who have such in their Dioceses. For more info you might go to and click the "don't-touch" link on the left to find out about some of these troubling efforts to "empower" our kids. Sad.