NY Diocese's Coloring Book Warns of Abuse

Angel tells kids not to be alone with an adult; priest not mentioned
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 9:06 AM CST
This image, provided by the Archdiocese of New York, shows a page from a new coloring book being distributed by the Archdiocese using a cartoon guardian angel to warn kids against predators in what is...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A coloring book handed out by the Catholic Church to kids in New York warns them not to be alone with an adult in a room with the door shut, Newsweek reports. It doesn't specifically name priests as a risk, but it does depict an angel warning an altar boy not to "be alone in a closed room with an adult." A man with his back turned—possibly a priest—is smiling at the child.

"If a child and an adult happen to be alone, someone should know where they are, and the door should be open or have a big window in it," says the smiling angel who floats overhead in a panel of the book on safety, sent to hundreds of schools and religious groups. "We wanted to be fair to the priests so we weren't stigmatizing them," an Archdiocese of New York rep told the New York Post.