California Bishop Vasa on a witch hunt: McCarthyism 2013?
It is no secret that the Diocese of Santa Rosa has experienced a flurry of controversy since the arrival of Bishop Vasa.
Santa Rosa– the ugly stepsister of the smarter, better, prettier Diocese of San Francisco – has been called a “decades old dumping ground” for priests accused of sexual abuse.
(see: St. Charles Bend, a regional medical center serving 240,000 people in central and eastern Oregon, refused to discontinue tubal ligations, so Vasa said he ended Catholic sponsorship of the hospital.
- Vasa was vicar general of the Lincoln diocese in 1996 when it moved to excommunicate local members of Call To Action, an independent organization that claims 25,000 members nationwide and advocates change of Catholic policy on issues such as
- celibacy for priests,
- the male-only clergy,
- and birth control.
- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Vasa as McCarthy?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.”
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.” E.R. Murrow
Sr Joan Chittister
A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pa., Joan Chittister is a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women’s issues and contemporary spirituality in the church and in society. She presently serves as the co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the United Nations, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, especially in the Middle East.