Primary Educators League

Assisting parents in the eternal vigil of protecting the freedom and holiness of their families.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

"Safe Environments" Fallout: The Academy of Sts. Peter and Paul in Loretto loses 21 families due to "Talking About Touching."

The safe environments programs have caused upheaval in several Catholic parishes and schools across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

One such parish, Sts. Peter and Paul in Loretto, Minnesota has been particularly hard hit. Many parishioners were very upset about the handling of the safe environments initiative at the school and parish. The debate was contentious last spring between parents and the parish leadership. As a result, we have heard that 21 families left the parish school. This has been devasting to the school budget and the greater parish community. The Catholic school's future is uncertain given the massive loss of tuition money those 21 families represented. This defection is a result of the way the parish and school leadership handled the decision to teach the controversial "Talking About Touching" program to the youngest school-aged children.

Other Catholic schools saw parents pull their children, but the situation in Loretto is one of the more dramatic examples of the fallout from the USCCB's "Safe Environments" initiative and the"Talking About Touching" program promoted by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

It's a shame that Catholic families are being driven away from parish schools to public schools and other schooling alternatives.

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