I try to keep this blog issue-specific. However, I’m just getting fed up with all this “Teaching about Touching”/VIRTUS garbage.
As these USCCB and Diocesan bureaucrats–most of whom seem to be pro-abortion liberals–go around talking about this required program, and how kids can’t get the sacraments without going through them, they constantly put the blame on parents. This letter, while paying some lip service to canon law, still insists on “pressuring” parents who don’t want their kids in these programs. It still includes the implication that parents who don’t want these programs are probably sexual abusers themselves.
And I wonder: if a parent’s kid goes through these programs, and some priest or bishop molests the kid, will it then be the kid’s fault for not doing what he or she was taught in the program?
Every week, our pastor whines in the bulletin about people not volunteering, then a few pages later there’s this blurb about how, if you volunteer for the diocese, you’re subject to a criminal background check & you’re required to take “VIRTUS” training.
I was just looking at the VIRTUS website (www.virtus.org), and volunteers have to sign a contract, committing to all these things. One of them is “I won’t do volunteer work while I have a contagious disease.” Now, I was privately confirmed because the confirmation rules for my parish were inherently discriminatory against people with chronic illnesses. But this one is just ridiculous. OK. Let’s say I’m gonna teach CCD. I have to go to VIRTUS training and sign the above contract. I have asthma and allergies. I’m *always* coughing and sneezing. Some kid gets a cold, and I get sued?
Anyway, Bishop Vasa of Baker, OR, already one of my heroes, has written about the above letter in his most recent column: http://www.sentinel.org/articles/2005-40/14234.html
What he says is powerful enough, and I don’t really have to repeat it.
But these kinds of things really bug me. It bugs me, how since the sexual harrassment paranoia of the early 90s (which suddenly disappeared during the Clinton Administration) everyone is treated like a sexual predator in the workplace. Now, everyone’s treated like a sexual predator of children. It doesn’t take much to know right from wrong.
It’s called the Ten Commandments.
It’s called, “If you do something wrong, you’ll be punished.”
The bishops claim that most parents don’t know how to properly educate their children on these matters. I don’t know about that. I think most parents *do* warn their kids. I would agree with the VIRTUS crowd that part of the problem is kids not understanding when to obey and not obey adults. But there are a lot of factors in all this. FIrst, if a child is molested, the child *knows* it’s wrong. And there may be a lot of reasons why the child does or does not report it.
And I doubt these programs scratch the surface in that regard. I agree wholeheartedly with Bishop Vasa that the training should be given to parents, not to children.
We’re the ones who have to know the clues to watch for in our children’s behavior. We’re the ones who have to know how to make our children comfortable to tell us about these things.
But the fundamental problem remains. The bishops are a bunch of liberals. And, as liberals, all they want to do is “prevent” evil. If they’ve done their best to “prevent it,” then they think they can wash their hands of it.
You know how you prevent evil? By punishing it.
Jesus’ teachings on removing offensive body parts and killing those who would harm innocents are very clear, no matter what priests and theologians would like to do to “soften them.”
If child molesters knew they’d have a hand or other appendage cut off, or that they’d have a rock tied around their neck and be thrown into the sea, wouldn’t they think twice about committing the offense?
Seems harsh to say in a pro-life blog, but the Church has always taught that there are some cases where the death penalty is called for.
Cardinal Law and the other bishops who got attention in 2002 kept saying, “I thought they were curable.” Fr. Groeschel explained that the understanding of these issues by psychologists has changed over time.
Now, psychology says that sexual abusers are incurable. The Church says that the death penalty is applied only in situations where it’s impossible to rehabilitate someone or protect society from them.