Background: The clergy sex abuse scandal became a nationally known story in 2001. Over 81% of the abuse was inflicted by homosexuals in the priesthood. (John Jay Report)

As a result of the clergy abuse scandal, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) promulgated the document “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” in 2002. There is no mention in this document about removing homosexuals from the priesthood. This document has 17 articles, each directing a separate action. Article 12 of this document directs that “safe environment” training be given to children. Source:

As a result of the direction of the charter, The Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul instituted “The Protection of Children and Youth Initiative”. The initiative has two components: one is training for clergy, teachers, volunteers and others who work with children. The other is “safe environment” lessons for children in Catholic schools and religious education programs. That means ALL students whether in a Catholic school, or a CCD program will have to take these classes unless their parents opt out.

The program used to “train” adults is called VIRTUS. For the children, the archdiocese has recommended the following programs:

Some notes about the “Talking About Touching” (TAT) program:

We have no knowledge at this time about the programs for the 5th – 8th Grade (KidWISE) or the 9th-12th Grade (St. Mary’s Press).



Archbishop Harry Flynn has allowed pastors to use other programs if they request to do so.

Another curriculum which is allowed is the “Formation in Christian Chastity” (FICC). This program was developed by the diocese of Harrisburg PA.

Some notes about Formation in Christian Chastity (FICC).

So why would a parish use the terrible program “Talking About Touching” instead of the “Formation in Christian Chastity”?

Each individual pastor must request an exemption in writing to the Archbishop to use FICC instead of TAT.

If your pastor does not request an exception, your parish will use the TAT program!



Parents have the absolute right to opt out of ALL of this training. You do not have to let your children attend ANY of these classes, regardless of which program your parish uses!

“ the mission of education must always be carried out in accordance with a proper application of the principle of subsidiarity. “The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality”

Subsidiarity can be described as the principle which states that matters ought to be handled by the smallest (or, the lowest) competent authority. It has its origin in Catholic social teachings (see below).

“…it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do”.
Quadragesimo Anno

"A community of a higher order should not interfere with the life of a community of a lower order, taking over its functions."
Centesimus Annus

A Final Note

The “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” promulgated by the US Catholic Bishops Conference also directs, in article 17, that background checks must be made on all those who have access to children. That category includes teachers and volunteer religious educators.

THAT MEANS: In response to the abuse crisis, which was caused by homosexuals in the priesthood, the Catholic bishops in this country, instead of trying to remove the homosexuals in the priesthood, are directing that little children be given classes, and background checks be run on religious education teachers.


A suspicious person might think that our American bishops are just trying to shift the focus away from their own negligence, and on to whomever they can hand it to.



Published by The Minnesota St. Thomas More Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, April 2006.