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Bully pulpit takes on a new meaning

Bishop Bully in Santa Rosa

photo_1878_20060814(1)California Bishop Vasa dubbed : “Bishop Bully”

Give a man a mitre and a staff –

Bishop Vasa lives in Santa Rosa CA – an hour from San Francisco and light years away from reality.

Parishoners are up in arms with the egregious way he is dictating his commandments to Catholic School teachers.

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“The Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese is requiring its 200 schoolteachers to sign an agreement affirming that “modern errors” such as

  • contraception,indexpillls photos
  • 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.Image

Bishops from Oregon…

indexlevada-aLevada do you see a pattern?

  2004: “Vasa put started a similar initiative among lay ministers when he was the bishop of eastern Oregon in 2004. Back then, he asked laypeople who wished to be in ministry to sign an affirmation of faith that called contraception, premarital sex, masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexuality “gravely evil.”


Bishop Robert Vasa, acted recklessly, deceitfully and callously in child sex cases.

— Vasa let a Catholic deacon (Joseph Levine) who was refused ordination by a New Jersey bishop and ousted by a Pennsylvania bishop work at an Oregon parish.

— Vasa ignored our pleas to launch a vigorous public outreach campaign to warn unsuspecting families about a pedophile priest (Fr. Jose Joaquin Estrada) and a child-molesting deacon (Aaron Ramirez), both of whom lived and worked in Baker in recent years and are believed to be living in other countries now.

(Estrada pled guilty in 2005 to molesting an Oregon girl. He was deported to Colombia. In 1999, Ramirez fled to Mexico before an investigation could be launched about his being found in bed, naked with a 17 year old boy he had given alcohol and who was passed out in the bed.)

Vasa refused to participate in the annual national church sex abuse program and refused to conduct abuse prevention training for children, the training mandate by the US bishops conference and that is designed to prevent future horrific child sex crimes.

Still, despite our tentative optimism about Bishop Cary, we still urge anyone who sees suspects or suffers clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Oregon to contact civil authorities, not church figures. Child sex crimes are indeed crimes. They should be reported to the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices.”


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