Is Archbishop O’Malley “not committed” to TaT?

Is Archbishop O’Malley “not committed” to TaT?

Fr. David Mullen, the pastor in Bellingham, Mass., who has told the Archdiocese of Boston he will not implement the “Talking about Touching” program, has told The Wanderer that Archbishop Sean O’Malley told him that he’s “not committed” to TaT and that it is under study by the archdiocese. (That jibes with the information I have the one of the auxiliary bishops has asked for a theological review.)

Fr. Mullen says that “there is no way the archbishop will approve it,” and that the mandate for TaT was a “middle-management decision that misserves the archbishop.” If the implication wasn’t clear, he places the blame squarely on Deacon Anthony Rizzuto of the Office of Child Advocacy, Implementation, and Oversight. Rizzuto is the clergyman who told parents that he hadn’t read any of the Church’s teachings on the rights of parents, even as he told them they had no rights.

I’m not holding my breath on this one. I will believe that TaT is being pulled when I see it. Remember last summer when the concerned parents were told not to hold their public meeting about TaT? They were promised that a meeting with archdiocesan officials, meaning the bishops, would be granted them in exchange. They’re still waiting. When the phone don’t ring…

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  • http://www.catholiccitizens.org/press/contentview.asp?c=8617

    “In the last few days, Archbishop O’Malley sent letters to all the Archdiocese of Boston parishes indicating that all Catholic school children are required to begin implementing the program immediately.”

    Come ON. I admire Father Mullen, but placing “the blame squarely on Deacon Anthony Rizzuto” is a load of you know what.

    Archbishop O’Malley—what, is he immune to any blame at all? Did he, or did he not, communicate to all A of D parishes that TaT was a given?

    Can we spell R A I L RO A D?

    Rizzuto, in my opinion, is only doing what he’s been told to do. Rightly, or in this case, in my opinion, wrongly.

    But to “blame the lay guy” on something that’s so obviously within the Archbishop’s bailiwick is insane.

    Sorry, but after today’s Globe I’m having a bit of a hard time looking Massachusetts bishops—including Friar Fix-it—as heroes, never mind canonization candidates.

  • Also, as far as:

    “Rizzuto is the clergyman who told parents that he hadn’t read any of the Church’s teachings on the rights of parents, even as he told them they had no rights. “

    Let’s not be negligent in our introductions. Bishop Lennon (not mentioned in this article but was in the Wanderer) is the Apostolic Administrator who admitted he hadn’t even seen the bleepin’ program.

  • Lennon and O’Malley are not without blame, but this has been Rizzuto’s baby all along. He’s the one who’s been pushing it through. And there’s nothing incorrect about my statement about Rizzuto.

    He told the parents that he hadn’t read any of the Church’s teachings on the rights of parents to educate their children and then told them that what Vatican documents said doesn’t matter. This is the way it is now. He’s not the only one to blame, but he gets a big share of it.

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