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Bishop Vasa demands oath of teachers rejecting modern errors March 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, true leadership.

Perhaps Jay Boyd can confirm, but I believe Bishop Vasa did this when he was Bishop of Baker, Oregon?  Anyways, kudos to Bishop Vasa, known as one of the most orthodox American bishops, for taking this small step to restore the Faith:

The Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese is requiring its 200 schoolteachers to sign an agreement affirming that “modern errors” such as contraception, abortion, homosexual marriage and euthanasia are “matters that gravely offend human dignity.”

The move is an effort by Bishop Robert Vasa to delineate specifically what it means for a Catholic-school teacher — whether Catholic or not — to be a “model of Catholic living” and to adhere to Catholic teaching.

That means means abiding by the Ten Commandments, going to church every Sunday and heeding God’s words in thought, deed and intentions, according to a private church document that is an “addendum” to language in the current teachers’ contract.

Naturally, there are a number of non-Catholic and even “Catholic” teachers who are upset at this decision.  Thus, the fruit of the massive failure to enforce discipline in almost every diocese of the world for decades:

But some teachers fear the addendum is an invasion of their private lives and a move toward imposing more rigid Catholic doctrine.

“Personally, it’s probably something that I can’t sign,” said a teacher at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. …

The teacher, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, said he has not made a final decision whether or not to sign the document.

“On my high moral days, I feel I absolutely won’t sign,” the teacher said. “And on my days that I think about my job, I think who will it affect if I don’t sign it.”

The teacher said he objects to the “whole idea that they want me to live their morals when it’s my personal life what I do outside of work.”

Keep in mind that Vasa was moved to one of the most liberal dioceses in America – Santa Rosa is the whine country north of San Francisco full of largely rich, spoiled leftists.  This is a pretty brave move. Even when he was first named as the new Bishop of Santa Rosa, the Californicators were claiming his orthodoxy wouldn’t play there. The original article is here, and unfortunately Bishop Vasa sort of falls down a bit towards the end.

Vasa said he would be “saddened” if teachers decided to quit or not sign a contract because of the addendum. But he said, “I would commend them for their integrity.

Well, in a sense, perhaps, yes, at least they won’t lie and sign and continue to teach error to children, possibly leading them so astray their salvation is severely jeopardized, as data regarding kids who attend Catholic schools and especially universities reveal the faith of so many to be. But, at the same time, they are remaining in their sin.  And that cannot be commended. They should be reminded that the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church is not just “a truth” for Catholics, it is the One Truth, the One Word God has revealed through His Church when He Himself, in the 2nd Person of the Trinity, founded it.  He further strengthens and sustains it through the action of the 3rd Person, the Holy Spirit.  This is the issue of the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ in a nutshell – all must observe that Truth because it is universal, is oriented entirely to man’s good, and is the only way to salvation (Jn 14:6).  There is much merit to the belief that “error has no rights” – and those in error certainly have no right to teach Catholic school kids! But the wine sipping dope smoking hot tubbers of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties don’t want to hear about that.  “You’re harshing my mellow, man…..”

Make sure to read the comments, if you want a feel for how much hatred is being stirred up in the culture against the Church. It is, of course, crazy California, but I see similar comments on almost every secular news site that covers the Church.  We have a wicked persecution brewing. And the media has played an enormous role in bringing it to fruition. I can’t help but thinking that so many people are growing in hatred for the Church because they can stand that She tells them – even if only occasionally, even with the muted voices of today – the sexual sins almost every person in this country has fallen into to one degree or another are wrong.

I pray that ALL of our bishops will institute such oaths, and not just for teachers!  For every diocesan employee and volunteer, at least those in ANY way involved in sharing, transmitting, or teaching the Faith. Why do we not have such a very minimal requirement here in Dallas?  Is it really too much to expect Catholic school teachers, RCIA instructors, CCD people, etc., to truly accept AND practice the Faith not only at Church but in every aspect of their lives?  I know……I’m just a crazy rad-trad, no one should listen to me.



1. Jay Boyd - March 1, 2013

You are correct – Bishop Vasa did something similar in the Diocese of Baker. In fact, I posted on this yesterday, and some of what I posted was from an earlier post which gives more of the history of the “Affirmation of Faith” in Baker Diocese. I’m so glad he is actually requiring a signature this time. In our diocese, the affirmation was asked of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, but they were never required to sign a statement (at least, not by Bishop Vasa). Here’s yesterday’s post: http://philotheaonphire.blogspot.com/2013/02/bishop-vasa-fights-good-fight.html
and here’s the older post: http://philotheaonphire.blogspot.com/2012/04/moreand-more-im-seeing-importance-of.html

2. B - March 2, 2013

I wish we had that in Dallas, too. When i took a catechist cert class, the teacher said womyn priests were coming just around the corner and, among German soldiers, Catholics committed the worst atrocities in WWII because they are so accustomed to blind obedience.

3. Michael P. Mc Crory - March 2, 2013

We are so accustomed to our Bishops having no real backbone that I suppose we should encourage Bishop Vasa for simply doing his duty. But don’t expect too much from him.
He surprised me by returning personally
( on my answering machine)
my first call to him when visiting there over six months ago and being given a cold ,if brutally honest, welcome by one of his priests. But that was the extent of it.
All subsequent calls and emails met with silence. They just can’t handle being spoken to in a direct no -nonsense fashion, especially if requires asking their priests to toe the party line.

“Just too much trouble; better to ignore such calls and hope they go away.”

Can’t they see that it’s not just trouble that they drive away but too often souls as well.
But as you say we can be grateful for the crumbs they throw us from time to time.
Which reminds me of Groucho Mark’s saying:
“He was bred in old Kentucky but he’s just a crumb up here.”

4. Michael P. Mc Crory - March 2, 2013

I only just now caught up on your quite brilliant coverage of Bishop Vasa’s struggles with all those bad catholics in Oregon. While I certainly would not like to be in his shoes I still say he still needs to call a spade a spade and follow through with his house cleaning even if it brings the house down.
After all the ‘house’ is already divided and needs rebuilding.
Your sentence , which includes the words:
“…like cockroaches scurrying for the cover of obscurity.” is quite priceless.

5. Richard - March 6, 2013

When I returned to the Church in college, I was the head usher for the 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening Mass at a college parish. Many of us who did liturgical ministries at Mass would have an orientation every semester. The pastor and the associate pastor emphasized that as ushers, lectors, musicians, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion that we were to set examples and behave accordingly, and that meant not getting wild at the bars and dance halls Saturday night, and walking the walk when it came to things such as Theology of the Body. (I hope I said this in the right context). I still believe today that when the bar is set high, men will rise.

This was also the only parish where I ever heard a priest openly set down a criteria for Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion (EMHC). Although I haven’t been an EMHC for many years, and at this college parish I was not one either, I do recall the pastor clearly saying and emphasizing that a EMHC must be baptized, confirmed, have received Eucharist, be a practicing Catholic, and if married, the marriage had to be in union and communion with the Catholic Church.

From attending various parishes throughout my life, I would like to see more pastors enforce a criteria for liturgical ministry, particularly EMHC. I sometimes think some parishes will let anyone be an EMHC. I have known a few Catholics who would sometimes serve as EMHC who were not in acceptance of what the Church teaches on things like women’s ordination, pro-choice, ABC, and even weekly Mass attendance.

At one time (no joke), my mother’s parish had a Protestant in the choir who would sometimes distribute communion. When I finally understood the Real Presence, I was upset when I found this abuse was happening. I was even more upset because I’m sure the pastor at this parish knew this lady was a Protestant.

The last few Easter Vigils I have attended (since 2009) I recall those entering the church that night reciting out loud that they accept all the Church’s teachings. I was really happy to see that because I didn’t remember doing that at my confirmation when I was 15 years old.

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