“It would appear that parents are able to seek an exemption from the Safe Touch programs offered in Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of Portland on their own behalf and on behalf of their children, and that this is the policy of the Archdiocese.”
Mauro Piacenza – Titular Archbishop of Vittoriana, Secretary for Congregation of the Clergy
Dear Advocates for Life,
Permission has been granted for any parents who want to opt out their children from the Archdiocese of Portland's "Safe Environments" programs. To be sent a complete copy of the original letter from Rome please email me.
These programs have caused much distress among many families throughout the United States. The great question is who is choosing these programs and why are they all NOT in compliance with the Catechism of the Catholic church's message and common sense of protecting the innocence of children. No matter what the culture of the day is.
Most (85%) of the sexual abuse cases levied at some priests and bishops of the Church are homosexual in nature and yet we see a homosexual connection in these programs that could be considered its promotion.
The USCCB website http://www.usccb.org/nrb/johnjaystudy/ describes what is expected of all dioceses. The website for USCCB Office of Child and Youth Protection http://www.usccb.org/ocyp/websafe.shtml has many questions with answers, one is :
"Who evaluates the results of the background investigation and determines if the individual is suitable for work with children?"
Below are some of the programs used in the Archdiocese of Portland. Each has a problem recognized as inappropriate for the true safety of the innocence of children. Go to the Link above for more information on the pro-homosexual propaganda and suspect beginnings. These are just a sampling of what should have been sending up red flags to the USCCB. Are THEY doing any background investigation?
Jane Hickerson, PhD, Executive VP of Praesidium - co-authored a book on Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered persons, for graduate and undergraduate college students. Here are some links regarding her field of expertise.Homosexual Connections for kids?
More "gay" connections.tive-authors.html
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Talk About Touching - Committee for Children
THE COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN
The genesis of the "Talking about Touching" curriculum provides a fascinating case study in how secular forces - and highly questionable forces at that come into play within a Catholic-school curriculum.
The curriculum was funded by the State of Washington and produced by the Seattle-based Committee for Children. This committee is a non-profit organization that grew out of 1970s group called Judicial Advocates for Women, which itself originally grew out of Seattle COYOTE, and whose initial mission was to "educate the public about the realities of prostitution."
In fact, COYOTE is an acronym for "Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics;" the group was founded in 1973 "to work for the repeal of the prostitution laws and an end to the stigma associated with sexual work." As of 1997, Seattle COYOTE's executive director was Catherine LaCroix, who billed herself as a "Dianic Wiccan priestess" and a "Shameless Sacred Whore."
In one scene, a kindergartener asks his mother, "Mommy, what is sex?," to which the celluloid mom responds, "Sex is when two people get undressed and rub their private parts together." One woman who attended the screening later voiced her disgust with chancery officials: "What is Catholic about this program?
See the links above - "Safe Touch - Talk about Touching"
Catholic Medical Association - "Talk about Touching "
Boy Scout Videos
Show scenarios of abuse which have caused distress in some children and were considered inappropriate by the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women in PDX in a letter to Archbishop Vlazny after a three month study.
VIRTUS - Protecting God's Children
The Abusing God's Children..Abusisng God's Children
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2006 responded to the primacy of parents to educate their children and help them as the parents feel is the correct way with this response:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a little-noticed, single paragraph released May 15 on its web site, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reversed the policy adopted by numerous dioceses across America that had subjected Catholic schoolchildren to mandatory “sex-abuse-education” classes.
“New regulations issued May 15 by the U.S. bishops allow parents to remove their children from diocesan-sponsored training programs in child sex-abuse prevention,” said the announcement from the U.S. bishops’ Catholic News Service (CNS).
And the announcement appeared on the very day that the Vatican announced the acceptance by Pope Benedict XVI of the resignation of Washington’s Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, an outspoken supporter of those education programs.
In fact, Cardinal McCarrick had ordered all archdiocesan Catholic schools to expel any children whose parents refused to allow their children into the secular “Child Lures” program that was mandatory until the May 15 announcement apparently reversed it.