-- The U.S. bishops' Safe Environment Work Group reports that 5.76 million children and young people have received safety training since the bishops mandated it in response to the church's sexual abuse crisis. It discusses problems that arose in implementing the mandate, and it recommends ways to strengthen the programs.
-- The executive summary of a report that attacks safe environment programs as ineffective and potentially damaging to children and families, by the Catholic Medical Association, is also published. The Safe Environment Work Group report includes a response to the medical association's charges.
-- The church cannot simply wait for people to find their way into it on their own, says Cardinal Avery Dulles. "The message to be believed is a story to be told. Unless people hear it, they cannot be expected to believe it. Who except us, who are within the community of faith, can tell the world about Jesus Christ?" he asks.
-- Stronger, sustained, meaningful adult relationships are key to engaging teenagers in learning faith, says Bishop Richard J. Malone, who suggests that adolescent catechetical programs can be made more intellectually engaging through the use of art, poetry, music and drama.
Monday, May 14, 2007
~In case you have access to Origins, the CNS documents service, here are some of the stories in this week's edition (from the sidebar at CNS):