The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has now mandated one of the most controversial “safe touch” programs in existence called, “Talking about Touching”. In the fall of 2006 – 2007, all children in Catholic schools and religious education programs, grades K – 4, will be subjected to “Talking about Touching”.
For more information concerning “Talking about Touching” read: Suffer the Children: The Disaster of ‘Talking About Touching’ and Talking about Touching
Archbishop Harry Flynn has decided to allow individual pastors who think “Talking about Touching” is not appropriate for children to petition him for another program, as long as it fits within the guidelines of the USCCB.
The The Harrisburg PA, “Formation in Christian Chastity” (FICC) program contains solid Catholic teaching and is a far better option than “Talking about Touching”. To review this program, go to: Formation in Christian Chastity. They also use a “Safe Environment” program which is primarily a child safety program (no sex ed). It includes materials for parents from the “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” – see: Diocese of Harrisburg.
CPO believes every parent should read the Vatican document, “The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality”, which says only parents are in the unique position to know what is appropriate for their own children…. Important Points Concerning the Virtus/Safe Environment Program and “The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality”. We believe parents have the right to reject and opt out of any program they see unfit for their child(ren).
However, if after reviewing The Harrisburg PA, “FICC & Safe Environment” programs , (see links above) a parent thinks that it is appropriate for their child(ren) then we suggest bringing this information to your pastor immediately! !