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Parents Resist Bishop Vasa’s Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Education

The Press Democrat reports that a group of parents are resisting Bishop Robert Vasa’s effort to have the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s parochial school educators sign a contract addendum stating that they will uphold the Church's teachings. 

The parents of students at Cardinal Newman High School, worried that the addendum might drive away teachers, are seeking a one-year reprieve that was reportedly given to teachers at a K-8 school in Ukiah.

According to the article, parents are concerned that Bishop Vasa may be considering implementing a catechetical program similar to one adopted in the Archdiocese of Kansas City. That program requires educators to take classes through the School of Faith to “provide doctrinal and spiritual formation” stressing “the call to prayer, virtue, and holiness of life.”

“I'm a Catholic, but to have the bishop do this is not the type of Catholicism my faith teaches me,” said Lori Edgar, the parent of a Cardinal Newman senior and freshman.

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