Apparently the pedophilia scandal didn’t make things clear enough for the priests in Ohio as the Church felt it necessary to put out a do and don’t list:
CINCINNATI (AP)—The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.
The newest version of the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.
But it says priests may still shake children’s hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.
Oddly enough there’s nothing about not touching their genitals or asking the kids to touch them. You’d think that’d be obvious, but you know someone’s going to say it wasn’t on the list so they didn’t know. The above strikes me as an attempt to avoid the appearance of inappropriateness without actually, you know, dealing with inappropriate behavior itself. Then again perhaps I’m just being nitpicky as I haven’t seen the full list.