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March 4, 2013


Santa Rosa Diocese Requires its Teachers to Reject ‘Modern Errors’

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.

In his two years as Santa Rosa’s bishop, Vasa has attempted to bring his strict interpretation of church doctrine to a diocese that historically has had a more tolerant approach.

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.

John Collins, the diocese superintendent, said the contract language is not an effort to drive certain teachers away or “provoke” them. He said about 25 percent of the teachers are non-Catholic.

“People are being invited to grow in an understanding and appreciation and embrace of the Catholic faith,” he said.

He said he did not expect that many teachers would reject the document, which they must sign if they are to return for the 2013-2014 school year.

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.

“Fear of repercussions”...

Now what could THAT possibly mean?


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Catholic school found to be Catholic.  The more the education establishment rails against this, the more I like it. 

I’m sure there are plenty of ‘Piskie schools who don’t really care about whether or not you go to church or what you do with your private parts.  In fact they’d probably encourage you to treat your body like an amusement park ride any chance you get.

[1] Posted by Bill2 on 3-4-2013 at 10:55 PM · [top]

Too many Catholic schools, too.  Good for this bishop; may he inspire his brother bishops.

[2] Posted by Words Matter on 3-4-2013 at 11:46 PM · [top]

What could that possibly mean? Why, THE COMFY CHAIR! ! ! Which of course it took 30 years for them to offer to Mary Daly.

[3] Posted by paradoxymoron on 3-5-2013 at 12:06 AM · [top]

That mean ol’ bishop. Expecting Catholic school teachers to teach Catholicism. The nerve of that guy.

[4] Posted by Ecclesiastes 1:18 on 3-5-2013 at 12:38 AM · [top]

The comments at the paper accuse the bishop of the Inquisition, thirteenth-century church tyranny, and McCarthyism.  Heh.

[5] Posted by Katherine on 3-5-2013 at 08:02 AM · [top]

What’s the problem?  I assume every teacher is free to not sign and go seek employment at another school that better accomodates their views, like government run indoctrination centers…....they are everywhere, and probably better pay and benefits to boot!

[6] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 3-5-2013 at 09:04 AM · [top]

And they prohibit assault pastries!

[7] Posted by paradoxymoron on 3-5-2013 at 11:24 AM · [top]

Imagine a Catholic school asking that its teachers follow Cahtolic teaching - who would have thought! How unreasonable can they get!
God bless Bishop Vasa. If the teachers don’t like the idea that they have to teach by example, let them quit and teach in a public school. That should suit them much better. There they won’t have to pray, or say the Pledge of Allegiance, or have anyone telling them what they can do in their private lives.
Funny thing is, when I was teaching, they kind of expected a teacher to be fairly virtuous in public school, too; but times have changed.

[8] Posted by Nellie on 3-6-2013 at 12:47 AM · [top]

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