The Boston archdiocese released the results of its latest audit of its compliance with the US bishops’ charter on sex abuse. The report says that archdiocese is doing just fine except not all children have been indoctrinated in the “safe environment sex education” program.
The archdiocese said that it has completed the training for adults and for approximately 119,000 children, but it has not yet given training to approximately 90,000 children in religious education classes and parochial schools.
And they won’t in my parish as both I, as a parish religious education coordinator, and my pastor have both said. These programs are themselves a form of abuse of children’s innocence and a co-opting of the role of parents. In addition, their mandatory nature takes time away from what we’re supposed to be doing, which is giving kids an education in their religion. They also make children the frontline of their own defense. Teaching them to say no, does not protect them from predators. Not assigning such predators as priests in their parishes does. Even more, making sure adults are on the lookout for them does as well. I’ve outlined my objections to these kinds of programs in detail before.
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