Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So, Fr. Altier and CPO were right all along?

While the Bishops have been way off the mark?
It would appear so. Doctors of the Catholic Medical Association have requested the Bishops halt the use of their controversial sexual abuse protection program, echoing almost verbatim, Fr. Altier's impassioned criticism of the program, which many believe was the cause of his being silenced and exiled in the past year.
Catholic Parents Online and Desert Voice have been vocal supporters of Fr. Altier, while CPO has been militant in decrying the "abuse of the abuse" in the Bishop's Abuse Prevention program - both organizations have been virtually blacklisted by the chancery in the process.
Doctors Oppose Bishops‘ “Talking About Touching” Abuse Prevention Program

By Gudrun SchultzWASHINGTON, D.C., November 28, 2006 ( - The Catholic Medical Association has asked the U.S. bishops to stop using controversial sexual abuse education programs, aimed at teaching young children to protect themselves from abusers, in their dioceses.
During the association’s annual conference in Boston last month, the CMA released a 55-page study that condemned programs such as “Talking About Touching” as ineffective, out-of-step with child development, and not in keeping with the Church’s teaching on the appropriate sex education of children, the National Catholic Register reported last week.
The report, entitled To Prevent and to Protect: Report of the Catholic Medical Association Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Children and Its Prevention, echoes complaints from parents and pro-family groups against the safety programs implemented at the bishops’ 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Opponents criticized the programs for exposing young children to sexual concepts inappropriate to their age, and for burdening children with the responsibility of protecting themselves against sexual abuse. -continue, LifeSite News
What does Our Lord say in the Gospel? "Nothing is hidden that will not be revealed." Will the Bishops now ignore the Doctors of the Catholic Medical Association as well?

1 comment:

  1. Taking their lead from other maverick bishops such as the Bishop of Lincoln with whom they almost never agree, I doubt that many Bishops will pay attention to anything that physicians have to say on this matter.

    They are all firm believers in the legal principle of "stare decisis." ("Let the decision stand" as it has already been decided).

    Maybe the best result would be the dissolution of the USCCB and let them all fend in court for themselves.

    Let it be noted though that 40 or more parishes, about one-third, of the Archdiocese of St Paul-Mpls have decided not to use TAT and have chosen another program.


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