Trying to redeem themselves? The New York Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic church has come up with a colouring book for children, which should teach them to stay safe and away from potential predators ( and to not be alone with a priest?)
“Being Friends, Being Safe, Being Catholic” is what you’d expect from a Christian handout: lessons in loving thy neighbor and knowing we’re all special in God’s eyes, plus a fun word search with names of people whom kids can trust (parents, counselors, teachers). Many of the book’s cartoon-sketch drawings, which were created by a church volunteer, are light in tone and narrated by an angel looming overhead. But on one page, the angel warns of an online predatorâ€”with chest hair exposedâ€”who attempts to chat with a child; on another (shown above), the angel implies that children should make sure they’re never alone in a room with a priest.