Posts Tagged ‘children’

Distorted view of celibacy leads to abuse Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017

With the release of a shocking report from Australia on accusations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, the old question is bound to arise: “Is the discipline of celibacy to blame for sexual abuse of minors?” The complicated question is dealt with in historian Philip Jenkins’s excellent study on the problem. Published in Read more

Priests’ training dangerous and distorted Comments 2

Monday, February 13th, 2017

The Australian child sex abuse Royal Commission has heard seminary life and training of Catholic priests in the past was “dangerous and distorted”. It also heard the priests should have had ongoing formation and supervision. Diocese of Broken Bay vicar general Dr David Ranson also told the Royal Commission the changes in priestly formation over Read more

If you don’t like your children’s friends … Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Chances are you are going to loathe at least one of your kid’s friends, sometimes for no good reason, but this is one situation where you have to tread very carefully. 1. Never admit it. That’s the fastest way to make them infinitely more attractive to toddlers and teenagers. If you want to change a Read more

A million Syrian children’s call for peace brought to UN and EU Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

A million Syrian children have signed a petition to the United Nations and the European Union. Three Syrian Church leaders are visiting EU and UN officials in Brussels and Geneva on the children’s behalf this week. Acting as “Ambassadors of the Children,” they will deliver the petition. In it, the children ask for peace in Read more

What your kids will remember about you and your parenting Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Parenting is hard work. It calls on mothers and fathers to really forget themselves and put their kids first. So it’s no wonder that sometimes, we take shortcuts. We buy them a toy rather than spend more time with them; we lose our temper rather than practice patience; we put on the TV at dinnertime Read more

Tim Wilson on babies, religion, Donald Trump and his new novel Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Tim Wilson is a changed man. In the past four years he has converted to Catholicism, met and married singer/songwriter Rachel, and had two “sparkling” children — Roman, 17 months, and Felix, five months — whose existence lights him up from the inside like a sky lantern. For those readers who might confuse fiction for Read more

Wrong: all you need for good parenting is to love your kids Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

At the time I had my first child I was a solicitor, a job for which I’d studied and trained and got qualifications. You’d think that those negotiating and persuasion skills I’d acquired on the job would have equipped me for parenting. Have you ever tried negotiating with a toddler? It becomes very clear who’s Read more

How pornography is damaging our children’s future sex lives Comments 0

Friday, September 16th, 2016

When a therapist friend told Allison Havey that her then 13-year-old son was almost certainly viewing online pornography, she felt angry. “I was offended because I thought, why would he be doing that? It’s deviant behaviour and he’s not deviant.” What Allison now knows is that it’s natural for boys to want to look at Read more

How to raise unspoilt children Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

No one wants to have – or to be around – demanding, selfish, spoiled children; those who throw tantrums or sulk when they’re not given everything they want immediately. Paradoxically, the parents of such children encourage this demanding behaviour in the mistaken belief that if they give their children everything they can, their children will Read more

Canada archdiocese to stop priests being alone with kids Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Priests and other church-connected people will be forbidden from being alone with children and other vulnerable people in Montreal archdiocese. This is part of a pilot project, which aims to create a “safety net”. The policy will be introduced in a handful of churches in Montreal, starting in September. An archdiocese spokesman said the policy Read more