Monthly Archives: February 2012

Crimes Against Children

There are multiple stories of child abuse in the news, almost too painful to address.

Three children testified their grandfather denied them food and water, choked, and kicked them during a 19-mile hike in the Grand Canyon with temperatures over 100 degrees.

A two year old Wisconsin boy died after being thrown to the ground by his adult sitter. Another Wisconsin couple starved their daughter, allowing her to be molested from the age of ten by her brother. Child protective services were several times alerted, for all the good that did.

Here in Pennsylvania, Msgr. William Lynn is being charged with clerical abuse for his failure to turn multiple pedophile priests over to police.

We cannot alter these crimes, but we can bear witness to them and seek whatever redress is still possible. Our children deserve no less.

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Long Odds

There are 48 Catholic schools in Philadelphia expected to shut their doors by September. Now area public schools will be closing their buildings nights and weekends, dealing a fatal blow to after school athletic programs.

The decisions impact thousands of kids – kids who will lose the chance to learn in a safe environment, to learn fair play and positive values, to learn at all. Class sizes will rise, both in public and parochial school.

Already staggering under their load, parents will try to make up for the loss. But there really are no options. And kids who spend the summer on the streets will not be the same in September. The odds against them will grow longer.

Fewer than half of the young men of color in Philadelphia high schools graduate now.

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