August 30, 2006

Credit Where Credit is Due

The August 31st issue of The Wanderer has a front page story by Mr. Jay Kline on the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul's Talking About Touching program. Talking about Touching (TAT) is the program the Chancery selected as the default "safe-touch" program for the parishes in the Archdiocese if the individual parish does not come up with, or select its own plan. TAT has been a subject of controversy because many parents think it is too graphic and not age appropriate. Also, there have been allegations that Planned Parenthood had some involvement in creating TAT.

About 1/4 of the parishes in the Archdiocese have elected to use a program other then TAT for the upcoming school year. The Wanderer story gives credit to two local organizations: Primary Educators League and Catholic Parents Online for educating the Archdiocese on TAT and some good alternative programs to TAT.

The article also mentions that one of the instructors of TAT could be Gabriel Ashley Ross. Ms. Ross has taught sacramental preparation and other religious education classes at a handful of Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese.

Here's a quote from The Wanderer article (emphasis mine)

Ross is listed on the Archdiocese's resource directory as having expertise in "creative teaching techniques" and Women's Spirituality, drum and ritual groups, River Spirit (focusing on eco-spirituality and the Misissippi River)" After local Catholic bloggers pointed out that Ross was listed on as a shamanic "Local Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth" her name was removed from the site.

Today, I noticed that she is no longer listed on the Archdiocese website's Resource Directory either.

The local Catholic bloggers were:

Adoro Te Devote
Stella Borealis Catholic Roundtable
Our Word and Welcome to It

My apologies if I missed anyone.

Adoro was the one who first broke the story about Ms. Ross and she received some hate mail because her story.

Cathy_of_Alex gives a deep curtsy to all those involved in shining the spotlight on TAT and the parties involved.

Though this Archdiocese is often portrayed on Catholic blogs and in the Catholic media as being full of dissenters, there are many in the trenches of this Archdiocese fighting for authentic Catholic teaching.

Hey, even ME (now).


Blogger Adoro said...

That's some awesome investigation by Jay Kline! I knew he was working on both stories, but I did not know the two were linked.

Just shows that the web of deceit out there is very much a web which seeks to ensnare us all.

Thanks for the mention!

August 30, 2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

In the year 2006, I would venture to guess that only someone who wears a veil to Mass would still know how to curtsy!

Great post, Cathy! And thanks for the Shout Out for me. I think I'll post on it, pointing out how it's not that hard to make a difference.

August 30, 2006 9:43 PM  

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