The strategy used by the speaker to humiliate and label the questioner (described in the article below) is typical of liberals. There is a lot of this type of manipulation and misrepresentation in the so-called safe environment movement. Often questions must be written down and submitted so the speaker can maintain strict control of the meeting.
The so-called safe environment programs have become one more technique for fooling people into believing that homosexuality shouldn't worry them. VIRTUS implies in its power point presentation that homosexual predators are not a problem. It is a "myth" that homosexuals commit the most abuse according to VIRTUS. As I've said before, VIRTUS use the truth to confuse. HOMOSEXUALS HAVE A MUCH HIGHER RATE OF ABUSE THAN HETEROSEXUALS! If you have one homosexual teaching in your CCD program and twenty other volunteers (mostly moms is typical) the homosexual is more likely to abuse than all the others put together. Not to warn employees and volunteers of the warning signs of a homosexual predator is irresponsible, but politically correct. Meanwhile VIRTUS keeps expanding into more and more dioceses while the dollar signs grow and the Catholic Risk Retention Group (parent group of VIRTUS) reports on the great return their investors are getting for the money. What a shell game!
Homosexuality is a serious problem in the Church and it is not being dealt with. To find out why, read Randy Engel's book, Rite of Sodomy. It's a painful book, but the information (all documented) is extensive on the long history of pederasty in the Church, especially the United States. The book is heavily footnoted and Randy doesn't shy from telling the hard truth like Bernardin and Spellman. Until homosexuality in the Church is directly addressed our children continue to be in great danger and parish communities are open to embezzlement, dissent, and other vices which go along with this perversion.
Pray for these sad individuals, but arm yourself against the danger they represent to your children. And parents, be very careful of overnights. The father you don't know well isn't the only risk. With sex education in the schools, the possiblity of smaller children being molested by older children is very real. Keep your little ones close and talk often (in small doses) about the importance of them never keeping secrets from you.
Mary Ann Kreitzer Les Femmes www.lesfemmes-thetruth.org
"The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the second, not to fear to speak the truth." Pope Leo XIII
About two and a half years ago, I had taken a series of chastity initiative training classes given by Mary Louise Kurey of the Chicago archdiocese's Respect Life Office. I was told that as a volunteer, I was required to take a training seminar at the Catholic Charities building on recognizing sexual predators against children. I understood that everyone who was either a volunteer or employee of the Chicago archdiocese was required to undergo this class due to the recent sex abuse scandal. I had some doubts about the necessity of the course, but understood that it was required, so I signed up for the class.
About 300-350 people attended the class. A male speaker from the East Coast explained to us that he was part of a consulting group which had been hired by the USCCB. He said that the bishops had voted unanimously to hire them as a solution to what had happened. I was surprised as I immediately thought that any 'solution' should begin in the seminaries and that each diocese most likely had their own unique problems and personal issues. Why hire one consulting group for every diocese in the United States?
Within about ten minutes after the class had begun, I noticed the speaker was only discussing predators that specifically target pre-pubescent children such as toddlers or children under ten. He was very specific in talking about their psychological makeup and explained to us how we must be vigilant in looking out for the Cub Scout leader or the adult who always enjoyed taking groups of children to the skating rink or the swimming pool.
While I had no doubt that these types of predators were indeed dangerous and agreed with everything he said about them, I kept wondering when the topic of homosexual priests would arise. The John Jay Criminal Justice statistics had already come out publicly stating that 81% of all abuse victims were teenaged boys aged 13-18 who were abused by homosexually active priests. Should we not be trained to watch for these types of potential abuse situations?
His talk was followed by a question and answer session. I immediately raised my hand and was asked to stand. I politely complimented him on his talk and said that while all of the information presented was very important, why were we not talking about the homosexual priests who had committed the vast majority of these abuse crimes? We were only being trained to watch out for very young children, not teenagers, especially teenaged boys. The speaker immediately looked at me very sternly and asked me 'Are you a conservative?'
I laughed and said that yes, in fact I am, but what did that have to do with my question? He then proceeded to admonish me in front of everyone in the entire room and told me that I must not generalize or blame the homosexuals for this problem. To show I was not trying to discriminate, I quoted Pope John Paul II's pastoral letter about treating them with dignity and stated what I knew about the statistics that had come out. He then silenced me and never answered my question. I realized at that time that we were being grossly misled and would never be taught the truth.
About a month after the incident, Cardinal George was kind enough to meet with me, and I reported to him everything that happened. He said that he had attended a different class (there were several) with the same speaker and did not like him either. He also apologized for what happened to me. I told him that thousands of his employees and volunteers were being misinformed and should not have to go through such a terrible and deliberately misleading training for the most severe problem in our church today? It was almost as if we were being trained on purpose to ignore homosexual priests who could easily abuse and are known to prey on teenage boys.
The cardinal was very generous to me with his time, and I have great respect for him, but I still find it difficult to understand why he felt he had to follow the directives of the USCCB regarding this scandal when their proposal of hiring a national speaker was so obviously not a solution to the problem of sexual abuse. These classes continue to be required for all volunteers and employees of the archdiocese. The purposeful disinformation provided in these classes appears to be just another cover-up from the USCCB.
Mary Kelly Ames, secretary of Catholic Citizens of Illinois, is a member of St. Mary of the Angels Parish and is active in the parish's young adult ministry.