VIRTUS® promoting porn in seminaries while saying porn in parishes is alright

VIRTUS

I’ve been writing about this for years and years. It’s like pissing against the wind. The topic is still so politically incorrect that no one will take this up. VIRTUS®, the education arm of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, all envisioned and run for years by those on record for being homosexualists, promotes porn in seminaries while saying porn in parishes is alright. And then they make payouts. Kind of like creating the problem and solving it, you know, for money. RICO, anyone?

Here’s the deal. The program I witnessed here in the parish was unlike the program that I had sat through at the seminary at which I was teaching, even though the time frame was quite close one to the other.

The one at the seminary offered some guidelines for spotting potentially reportable incidents, offering a list of something like ten things, any two of which (but not one on its own) being enough to report suspicions about whatever individual to authorities. One of those things was showing porn to youngsters. Get it? The message is, catching someone on the Church campus showing porn to kids is just fine and dandy unless there are other behaviors that might make one suspicious.

I objected that this was entirely absurd, that it was way more than enough to report someone on a stand-alone incident if this is showing porn to kids. The presenter agreed with me quietly, saying he agrees with me. And that was it. There was no official correction of the program as offered.

Bloody hell. If I saw someone showing porn to kids on church property I would call 911 and get the recording at dispatch recording, and then I would end the threat of scandal forthwith – whatever that would take – saying the address of the emergency loud enough for 911 to hear, then tell the kids they are not in trouble but they would need to make a statement against the aggressor as soon as the police arrived, not permitting the perp to leave, that not being kidnapping, but rather the stopping of a threat. Then I would call the diocese.

“VIRTUS®”? What a misnomer. (Arch)dioceses really need to stop using VIRTUS® and any other participation in The National Catholic Risk Retention Group.

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8 responses to “VIRTUS® promoting porn in seminaries while saying porn in parishes is alright

  1. Our diocese stopped participating in this a while ago.

  2. I still have a copy of the letter to our diocese that I cc’d you on about my experience with the training. Bad, bad vibes and at the time I didn’t realize that it was made by the risk agency. Sickening.

  3. Monica Harris

    You can look up on the website if your diocese is running of their programs

    https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list.cfm?theme=0

    • Father George David Byers

      The presentation we had in the parish here, mind you, was ok. I made sure. Different from the one in the seminary. In this diocese, although using the education arm, the TNCRRG itself I don’t think is used.

  4. Kathleen

    Maybe people would pay more attention if you stop using pejorative terms for gay people. Using derogatory terms for human beings is mean. May mercy triumph over meanness.

  5. My diocese requires Virtus training for anyone who volunteers for anything, which is one reason I don’t volunteer for anything. Some day I’d like to move to a diocese that is more enlightened.

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