Archbishop wrestles with doubts on school paddling

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NEW ORLEANS (RNS) As a high-school student in the mid-1960s, Greg Aymond occasionally saw an angry teacher cuff a student. It never happened to him, nor does the memory of faculty discipline in those days particularly trouble the man who later became the archbishop of New Orleans. But now, as Archbishop Gregory Aymond confronts formal […]

  • Thank you to Archbishop Aymond for reminding us that hitting children is not biblical and not moral.

    Most physical abuse of children starts as “discipline”. Researchers say that 25 to 50 unreported incidents of physical abuse of children take place for every confirmed report. It is easy to step over the line and injure children, especially if they are hit with boards. If we want to end physical abuse of children, teachers should set an example of how to discipline without violence. After all, they have had coursework in how children learn and no teacher training program teaches how to hit children to discipline then. I hope that the Archbishop also takes every opportunity to ask families not to use physical discipline and to take advantage of community resources for positive discipline training.

  • Darrell Miller

    Every time I hear of Archbishop Aymond in the news I am reminded of the Loss that Austin diocese has incurred. With his insight and gentle guidance he is surly in touch with the Holy Spirit and I commend his speaking out on corporal punishment. Keep up the good works, we are praying for you.
    Yours in Christ.