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Bishop Vasa requires profession of faith from all catechists, lectors

January 26, 2011

In an interview with Catholic World Report, Bishop Robert Vasa-- recently named the coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa, California-- discusses his concerns about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the importance of denying Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, and his decision to require all “lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, cantors, and catechists to attest to the fact that they affirm and believe the basic teachings of the Church as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

He adds, “This includes declaring such things as: I believe in God, the virgin birth, the existence of purgatory, the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. I also accept the Church’s moral teachings, such as the evil and sinfulness of contraception, homosexual activity, and adulterous behavior.”


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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jan. 27, 2011 1:01 PM ET USA

    I have no problem with such a statement. Converts already make a profession much like this. However, I know a couple of homosexual Mass participants who might gulp if such a statement were required of them.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jan. 27, 2011 8:20 AM ET USA

    This IS beautiful and the first step back in professing our faith as a Catholic people.! We have a 'lost' generation of Catholics who were never properly instructed in their faith and who don't have the knowledge to properly instruct others. I urge every diocese to educate, eduate and educate its members (especially parents!) in on-going classes and from the altar! And to educate and monitor the work of catechists working with our children!

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jan. 27, 2011 1:19 AM ET USA

    Hey, Santa Rosa! When you can spare him, would you send Bishop Vasa down south to San Jose? We could sure use him here!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 26, 2011 6:55 PM ET USA

    Oh no! Bishop Vasa will be greatly missed in the Diocese of Baker, OR. Please God, send another bishop like him to Oregon.

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Jan. 26, 2011 12:58 PM ET USA

    God bless, help and protect this good Bishop. Question - does he have the authority to propose this excellent idea to the Holy Father so that it be applied universally? God only knows th whole church needs it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2011 12:34 PM ET USA

    The Bishop has put his finger on the heart of the problem: the enemy is within the gates. It is the malformation of bad catechetics and dissenters in positions of "ministry" within the Church that hurts the Church the most - far more than the seductions of the world.

  • Posted by: jdieterich616502 - Jan. 26, 2011 10:34 AM ET USA

    This is so beautiful! God bless him and his episcopal ministry. I only pray that even if it does not require an oath, that other bishops and diocesean leaders somehow more clearly articulate the expectations and sacred responsibilities that those entrusted to teach the faith, minister in Her name, and/or assist in the Holy Liturgy. God bless Bishop Vasa