The following information was sent to Fr. Mark Hyde on Monday, May 9, explaining that we wrote him “in order to provide [him] the opportunity to address and correct the situation before we publish the information we have obtained. Our scheduled publishing date and time is noon on Wednesday, however we are open to suspending publication given a timely and reasonable response.” The Lepanto Institute did not receive a response from Fr. Hyde.
Dear Fr. Hyde,
As you may recall, last fall, the Lepanto Institute published a report regarding the Life Choices program implemented through the Salesian Missions’ Office of International Programs, whose director is Jaime Correa-Montalvo. In that report, we illustrated training manuals found on the Salesian Life Choices website showing that the program promoted abortifacient contraception, masturbation and condom use. We also provided saved copies of Salesian Life Choices newsletters, proving that students were not only taught this information, but that they repeated what they learned about abortifacient contraception and condom use in their own articles, which were published by the Salesian Life Choices program and distributed to over 15,000 other youths. As a reminder, here is a clipped image from Youth newsletter #4.
Since the publication of our report on this program, I have communicated by email with Fr. Francois Dufour, Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Southern Africa. Fr. Dufour confirmed that the information I obtained regarding the Salesian Life Choices training manuals was correct and accurate. Fr. Dufour, in his own words said that he was “duly horrified when [he] got to examine the full training manual” and ordered that it be destroyed. He admitted that “I did not, when I took over as provincial in 2007, monitor the program – there never was any complaint against it that called more attention to it.” He also assured me that the training manuals the Lepanto Institute reported as having been implemented by the Salesian Missions in South Africa “have been banned from use by Life Choices henceforth.”
Unfortunately, the statement issued by your office is in direct conflict with Fr. Durfour’s admission as well as the facts contained in our initial report.
Related to all of this, some new and greatly disturbing information has come to light regarding your director of the Office of International Programs, Jaime Correa-Montalvo. As mentioned earlier, Mr. Correa-Montalvo was the one responsible for the Life Choices program implemented in South Africa. What we have discovered is that Mr. Correa-Montalvo has engaged in highly inappropriate activity on Linkedin, calling into immediate question his ability to discern and commit to Catholic moral teaching. The main page of Mr. Correa-Montalvo’s Linkedin profile indicates that he is a member of the Linkedin group, “Human Rights Campaign,” (the most prominent same-sex “marriage” lobbyists in the country).
In addition to this, Mr. Correa-Montalvo’s activity on Linkedin includes “liking” advertisements for male homosexual bondage accessories and images of mostly nude, male models. What follow are screen captures of Mr. Correa-Montalvo’s activity on Linkedin.
With regard to this post, “Mr. S Leather” is a male homosexual and bondage accessories shop. Please do not google this, it is extremely graphic and disturbing.
The link provided in the above post, which Mr. Correa-Montalvo “likes,” is to a male homosexual-bondage accessories store.
Fr. Hyde, it is difficult to see how an individual engaged in this kind of activity online can in any way be committed to Catholic moral teaching. Furthermore, when we consider this activity, the fact that Mr. Correa-Montalvo was the one responsible for the implementation of the Life Choices program in South Africa, and that the Life Choices program there most definitely included education on abortifacient contraception and masturbation, becomes all the more upsetting.
I am writing to you now in order to provide you the opportunity to address and correct the situation before we publish the information we have obtained. Our scheduled publishing date and time is noon on Wednesday, however we are open to suspending publication given a timely and reasonable response.
Sincerely yours in Christ,