I had to attend a Safe Child workshop yesterday so I can continue to be a lector in my church. It is the biggest crock of BS I've ever been put through.
I have to have a background check to get up and read in church?
I realize that we all need to be aware that things can happen...I can even stomach the workshop, but to have to have clearance to read, be a Eucharistic minister, or...get this..and usher, I'm sorry, that is just bullshit.
And the workshop is painful to deal with. You have to watch 2 videos where victims speak of their experiences and so do the predators.
I left that workshop with a heavy heart.
See, we had a pastor be accused of some wrongdoing, (not that any of us were told what the allegations were), and seeing the stats that say less than 5% of the accusers are lying hit home.
Because I didn't want to believe this pastor could have done something like this. He was good to our family. I have always considered him a friend.
This meeting really hit me hard. In fact, it won't leave my head.
All that aside, I am left to wonder if members of other religions have to jump through this many hoops just to volunteer at mass?