Here’s the latest development concerning the program called “Talking about Touching” that the Archdiocese of Boston is mandating for use in parochial schools and all parish religious education.
The last we knew, parents had been given the right to have their children opt-out of the program in the schools, and the Concerned Parents were told that Archbishop O’Malley and his subordinates were looking into their concerns. One of the auxiliary bishops even said that he was unaware the program had not had a theological review and that made it problematic.
Now I have learned today that Archbishop O’Malley has sent a letter out to all the parishes that they are required to begin implementing the program and that’s that!
One pastor has said he cannot be ordered to teach sin and that is what this program is. He will resign from his parish before he implements it and he will make a big public stink when he does.
The Concerned Parents were unaware of the letter and will now more urgently ask for a meeting with Archbishop O’Malley (they have been asking for weeks now) and demand a response to their legitimate concerns as Catholic parents.
Archbishop O’Malley’s scorecard so far doesn’t look good. I’ve been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but that is wearing thin:
Having Ted Kennedy and John Kerry in front row seats at his installation Mass—Strike one.
Rehabilitating Fr. Walter Cuenin—the man behind VOTF and the Boston Priests’ Forum—without any corresponding reform by him—Strike two.
Forcing TaT down our throats with no apparent concern for the objections raised by parents and priests—Strike three.