Can they opt-out?

Can they opt-out?

Regarding the Talking about Touching update, someone just asked me whether the archbishop says whether parents will be able to opt-out of the curriculum either in schools or in parish religious education. He does not say, but that’s an important point. Will parents be told that if they want their children to receive the sacraments in their parishes that the children will first have to go through a child-safety curriculum to which the parent objects?

After all, the archbishop says that the archdiocese won’t usurp the parents’ rights to be the primary educators of their children. If that’s true, then I think that at the very least parents should be able to decide that they won’t have their children participate in such a program without any penalty on them.

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Domenico Bettinelli
7 comments
  • It has been several months since I mentioned my favorite safeguard against this…..
    <i><b><u>HOMESCHOOLING!!!!

  • It would seem that forced participation in this deviant program would be a violation of the parents’ canonical rights.

    And speaking of canonical cases, hasn’t the thirty day period for Ab. O’Malley’s response to the heresy case against Kerry come and gone?  Is the AB simply going to ignore that?  I suppose then it goes to Rome.

    We are praying for all of you in Boston!

  • And speaking of canonical cases, hasnmplish both tasks—CCD kids are there (at most) 1 hour per week, and that includes lateness, snacks, classroom discipline, attendance—you get the picture.  When it’s all put together, the teacher gets about 40 minutes/week with the kids—and out of that small amount of time, they want us to take out a HUGE segment TO TEACH SOMETHING THAT IS BETTER TAUGHT AT HOME!!!

    In addition to Dom’s legitimate moral objections to teaching this program, there are loads of us—priests and laymen—who recoil at the imposition of another obligation because of the failure of our leaders to simply DO THEIR JOBS!

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