Catholic diocese tightens teacher contracts

2013-03-05T14:13:00Z 2013-03-19T19:50:20Z Catholic diocese tightens teacher contractsISABELLE DILLS Napa Valley Register
March 05, 2013 2:13 pm  • 

The Diocese of Santa Rosa is requiring its schoolteachers — including those who teach at two Catholic schools in Napa — to sign a document affirming that contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia are “modern errors” and are “matters that gravely offend human dignity.”

The addendum to the teachers’ contract was written by Bishop Robert Vasa, who has served as Santa Rosa’s bishop for about two years, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which first reported the story.

Teachers must sign the full contract by March 15 if they want to continue teaching in the 2013-14 school year.

Connie Howard, principal of St. Apollinaris Catholic School, said “no comment” when asked about the addendum to the teachers’ contract.

Nancy Jordan, principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School, said she did not have a problem with the addendum, and that it was similar to the current employment agreement.

“Our current contract, signed by all full-time teachers, includes the expectation that ‘the teacher in a Catholic school must not teach, advocate, model or in any way encourage beliefs or behaviors contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church,’” Jordan said.

Jordan said she would have appreciated more of an explanation from the diocese as to why the addendum was necessary.

“We engage in an annual assessment of our Catholic identity, a process overseen by the Diocese of Santa Rosa. In my eight years as principal, we have never encountered lacking in our Catholicity,” Jordan said. “Perhaps, the diocese may want additional assurances, certainly within their right.”

Vasa said by phone that the new contract is “exactly the same” as the current one, only it clarifies the teachings of the Catholic Church. Judging by some employee reactions to the addendum, Vasa said there must have been a misunderstanding as to what those teachings were.

“The sense is, the title of the school is a ‘Catholic school.’ Parents have the right to expect that what is taught in the school is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Vasa said. “I’m trying to be faithful to that implied promise to parents. I think that’s my duty to them.”

Vasa said that he expects teachers to be honest, and that teachers who oppose the addendum but sign the contract to keep their jobs will have to answer to “Almighty God.”

“I have no control over what people do in the intimacy of their own hearts,” Vasa said.

Jordan said her teachers did not oppose the addendum but would have liked receiving acknowledgment of their ongoing efforts and dedication.

“Catholic school educators receive a fraction of the pay of their public school counterparts. But for them, the opportunity to deliver a solid, academic curriculum while modeling the light of Christ for the children entrusted to their care is inspirational, meaningful and a true witness of vocation,” Jordan said.

“It would have been nice if there was a preface to the addendum and/or dialog with the teachers included in the process that would have recognized our service to the church and diocese in our ministry of education.”

Vasa said the ongoing service of teachers was recognized in his pastoral letter last September, in which he wrote about “evangelization” being the “essential mission of the church.”

Employees at Justin-Siena High School and Kolbe-Trinity in Napa do not sign contracts with the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Justin-Siena is an independent Catholic school sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Kolbe-Trinity, while fully Catholic, is in a different category of Catholic school and not subject to the contract addendum, Principal Brian Muth said.

Both Justin-Siena and Kolbe-Trinity have employee agreements that include respecting and modeling the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Diocese of Santa Rosa serves about 150,000 Catholics in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. Demographically it is one of the smallest diocese in California, despite covering a large geographic area.

Vasa, who previously served as bishop of the Diocese of Baker in Oregon, is well known for his orthodox view of Catholic doctrine. While in Oregon, Vasa revoked the Catholic status of a hospital in Bend after determining the hospital was providing direct sterilizations.

Shortly after Vasa was appointed to the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Queen of the Valley Medical Center tightened its rules regarding tubal ligations — a permanent form of birth control in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, tied or cut. Officials at the Queen said that direct sterilization was against the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

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  1. Jim Haugen
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    Jim Haugen - March 05, 2013 2:36 pm
    Seems a bit heavy handed, but I suppose losing your job beats being burned at the stake.
  2. selim_sivad
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    selim_sivad - March 05, 2013 3:47 pm
    I have a feeling that this article was written by the NVR in order to make a mountain out of a molehill; they're a private Catholic organization and they're completely within their rights to put whatever contract they want in front of their employees. Their employees, in turn, are free to sign it or walk away, although since they're already working for a known entity such a contract should not be unexpected.

    But this sort of contract, while completely within the right of the diocese, is the sort of hypocritical nonsense that pushes people away from the church. I don't think anyone needs reminding of the perpetual child abuse and homosexual conduct within the church ranks on every continent. Making their laypeople sign a pledge when their own house isn't clean is disingenuous. But then I guess a medieval organization enforcing 15th century mores on a 21st century society isn't all that shocking.
  3. MBrumley
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    MBrumley - March 05, 2013 5:23 pm
    Let me get this straight. Because some, other Catholic leaders have abused children and engaged in other forms of misconduct, this particular Catholic leader, who is responsible for overseeing fidelity to Catholic values and mission in Catholic schools, isn't supposed to insist on that fidelity or clarify what that fidelity entails?

    Shall we say that the principals of public schools in Napa have no right to obliged their teachers not to be racist in class because some other principals have abused children or engaged in racist activities?

    Or is any stick to beat the Catholic Church good enough?

    And what makes these things "15th century mores": (1) support for unborn babies, (2) affirming the human bond between making love and begetting people, (3) recognizing that men and women aren't interchangeable in marriage, and (4) treating dying persons with compassion? And in any case what does the calendar have to do whether they're good or bad?
  4. napa1957
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    napa1957 - March 05, 2013 5:29 pm
    Selim hit the nail on the head...couldn't have said it any better! It's wonderful that under Bishop Vasa, non of the sort of misconduct that has happened in so many diocese throughout the world will be tolerated or coverd up.
  5. publiusa
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    publiusa - March 05, 2013 5:41 pm
    With one teacher in jail for shooting her lover, one in jail for sexual abuse and one going to trial, maybe NVUSD should consider something like this. Anything to protect our kids from these predators is a good idea.
  6. Downtown Gal
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    Downtown Gal - March 05, 2013 8:46 pm
    Three teachers going to jail doesn't automatically mean all NVUSD teachers are criminals. As a child, I was treated much worse by teachers at a local Christian school than I ever was by any teacher at NVUSD.
  7. espritouvert
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    espritouvert - March 06, 2013 5:43 am
    I have no particular objection to the codicil to the teacher contracts, but I am wondering where the rest of it is if the purpose is to make sure that the teachers are orthodox. Where is the requirement to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit prisoners, work for peace etc., etc., etc.? I think those would have been the employment conditions that Jesus required.
  8. publiusa
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    publiusa - March 06, 2013 7:25 am
    I don't find your comment to be a ringing endorsement.
  9. MBrumley
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    MBrumley - March 06, 2013 7:50 am
    espritouvert, certainly the corporal works of mercy--feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, etc--are implicitly included in the contract. While Catholics struggle to live up to those teachings, probably most would acknowledge them as things Catholics (and others) ought to do. At least I haven't seen surveys where Catholics reject them in principle. If your question is, "Why are certain problem areas singled out?", the answer seems clear. Contraception, abortion, so-called same-sex marriage, and euthanasia are, well, problem areas. They're things that information sources indicate many Catholics wrongly regard as compatible with Catholic values. Bishop Vasa has simply made explicit, for the sake of clarity and honesty, something implicit in the contract teachers signed in the past. If people are shocked, it is hard to understand why they should be angry at Bishop Vasa. He is only spelling out an implication of something to which they have already agreed. Caveat venditor.
  10. oldsalt
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    oldsalt - March 06, 2013 8:11 am
    No one doubts the right of a religious school to attempt to pass on its values to its students, and so the diocese of Santa Rosa already had a clause which is designed to prevent its teachers from undermining those values.
    However, it is important to keep in mind that Bishop Vasa comes here with a history. When he was bishop in eastern Oregon, he imposed an even more detailed oath not only upon teachers but upon a wide range of lay volunteers. The basic problem with this statement itself is that it does not reflect the core values of Catholic Christianity, but instead raises to core status some items which are only "theological opinion" (notably contraception). Then there is the problem of freedom of conscience (which IS a core Catholic belief) and the attempt to impose distinctively Catholic understandings of Christianity upon teachers who are not Catholics. Sadly, Bishop Vasa has already deeply divided one diocese, which has not yet recovered. He must be stopped NOW.
  11. glenroy
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    glenroy - March 06, 2013 8:28 am
    Excellent....when parents send their children to private school(s) it's usually because they have the resources or the common sense to make the sacrifices to do so...sometimes both.... and btw as opposed to public education as it is today...not a few decades ago.
    I don’t want my kids taught that business is evil, the white man is the devil, that children are disposable, that Bubba and Bob are no different than mom and dad, that any party but Democrat is for the rich and evil, that all social good comes from government, that self respect is not more important than what others think of you, that law enforcement is not here to help, that school yard bullying is the victims fault, dad’s aren’t needed, mom aren’t needed, that they are not responsible for their actions good and bad... and to be taught... 'we are blessed by the Almighty to be living in this country and thus must to our best to give more than take...help more than harm... and willing to scrafice to keep it'…..
  12. glenroy
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    glenroy - March 06, 2013 8:43 am
    Did you wonder why DTG?..if it matters.
    I didn't get very good treatment as a kid in public schools...but eventually figured out the classroom is about education not entertainment.
    Teaching today is probably more difficult than when I went to school…then when you did wrong there was a price to be paid…today they do wrong it’s societies fault or it’s some treatable mental illusion….a competent self-respecting educator has a problem a lot of that…


  13. Richard M
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    Richard M - March 06, 2013 10:28 am
    Hello Oldsalt,

    "The basic problem with this statement itself is that it does not reflect the core values of Catholic Christianity, but instead raises to core status some items which are only "theological opinion" (notably contraception)."

    The injunction against contraception is considered to be part of the deposit of faith, not a "theological opinion." You are free to think as you like; but the Church has the right to decide for itself what its doctrine is. And its doctrine has always ruled contraception to be a grave evil.

    If the Diocese of Santa Rosa is divided, it seems apparent that it is because past bishops have allowed it to happen. Not Bishop Vasa.
  14. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - March 06, 2013 10:40 am
    This is a non-issue. Similar statement have always been part of the contract.
    publiusa: With the issues confronting the Catholic Church regarding abuse of children by pedophile priests I'd tread lightly when complaining about the morals of public school teachers. Also remember that one of the cases you site was self-defense which is quite different than the deliberate, vile actions of priests setting up innocent children for perverse abuse. How's that for a "ringing" indictment??
  15. jl20
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    jl20 - March 06, 2013 1:12 pm
    Alucawanza you almost hit the nail on the head. Actually the documents that must be signed by the teachers are "too little too late". I don't see the words "adultery" or "premarital sex" in the document. I would have thought that would be number one on the list as it certainly leads to practicing contraception and even abortion.
    It is a non issue, as I believe teachers in Catholic schools teach the children those values now, at least they did when I went to Catholic school. However, some did not always practice what they preached and the older kids certainly knew what was going on.
    I can certainly understand why this Bishop feels strongly about getting this Diocese back on track, especially in view of all the publicity it has had in the past, but the teachers are the least of the problem.
  16. MBrumley
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    MBrumley - March 06, 2013 4:11 pm
    Oldsalt, just to be clear: Catholic teaching on the subjects in question has been presented by the authoritative teaching office of the Church as more than "theological opinion". You may choose to think the Church mistaken on these subjects or you may decide that in your opinion the Church's official teaching amounts only to "theological opinion", but that's another matter. That is not how those who hold the authoritative teaching ministry see it. It is no more mere "theological opinion" from a Catholic perspective than the 16th amendment is a mere "political opinion", from a legal perspective, rather than a constitutive element of American law.
  17. harrison
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    harrison - March 07, 2013 12:22 am
    Have there been instances in this diocese where what is taught in the schools is not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church? Have the elementary teachers been teaching contraception, abortion, sex marriage, or euthanasia to their students? No. Catholic school teachers are providing excellent education in a faith-filled, nurturing and safe environment that is very respectful of the church. These are credentialed teachers who could be making much higher salaries in public schools, and yet, Christ-like values are what they wish to convey to their students. Bishop Vasa is holding their feet to the fire in an attempt to distract from what he is either unable or unwilling to do. It isn't working. Deal with your pedophile priests, Bishop. I don't see Christ in any of this smoke-screen.
  18. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 07, 2013 6:33 am
    I was SHOCKED to learn that there is no requirement for teachers to be Catholic while teaching in the diocese. I have no problem if one is a Buddhist or Presbyterian or whatever religion you practice, that is one's choice. But if you choose to teach in a Catholic school, yet aren't even practicing the Catholic faith in your life, how can you demonstrate your "Catholicity"? Some teachers, even after being divorced, even have the audacity to take communion with their students.

    If the Bishop wants to ensure teachers are "modeling the light of Christ for the children" he should look deeper into "what people do in the intimacy of their own hearts” and prioritize the messages being sent to students. It's easy to have the teachers to have students read the words about the standards of being a "good Catholic", but actually LIVING those words? Now your are on a slippery slope.

    Hypocrisy? In the Catholic Church? Say it ain't so.
  19. fields
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    fields - March 07, 2013 7:34 pm
    Harrison,
    How do you know what is taught or not taught in all catholic schools? I can tell you from recent experience, when social and sexual issues contrary to Catholic teachings were a discussion point numerous times in my child's junior high catholic school religion class. If the Bishop wants to hold teachers in a Catholic School accountable for supporting Catholic teachings, so be it. I blame the administrators who know very well what shortcomings are happening in their schools with regards to social issue instruction and their tolerance for poor choices made by staff instructing social issues in a Catholic school. Perhaps the Bishop has to tighten the circle because the of the inability of administrators to make the tough decisions and hold staff accountable for choices affecting the product of Catholic Schools. And thus, affecting their cash flow by how many Catholics are choosing other school options for their children.
  20. sweet caroline
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    sweet caroline - March 09, 2013 8:15 am
    fields,
    Discussing issues that are contrary to Catholic teachings is how learning happens, especially in a junior high school catholic school religion class. It's not a poor choice to talk with young people about their concerns and confusions...That's where these discussions should happen! Staff members at Catholic Schools are accountable everyday and saying otherwise is just ignorant. If you ignore the obvious challenges of the Catholic doctrine - and don't facilitate discussion - how can students apply their faith foundation to the real world where priests are pedofiles? They need open-minded teachers and cathechists that are informed and confident enough in their knowledge of the cathechism to allow honest communciation with their students. I can bet your son or daughter will never come to you with any real problems....you should be thanking that teacher for being strong enough to talk about uncomfortable topics that parents like you are too brainwashed and weak to handle.
  21. sweet caroline
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    sweet caroline - March 09, 2013 8:27 am
    There is a part of the document that has not been published in all this trashy coverage of the contract addendum. It states that the teachers HAVE TO follow the 10 commandments, in which the premarital sex and adultery issues are covered. What do you mean the older kids certainly knew what was going on? The teachers are sexually active outside of marriage, using condoms, and voting for legislation to make abortion legal? Wow. Those were some really smart kids. how long ago did you go to school ?
  22. Murphy
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    Murphy - March 09, 2013 3:32 pm
    MBrumley, if you think that feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting prisoners, immigration, and other teaching are not problem areas, then think again. Granted they don’t make the news like the bedroom issues do, but I have meant plenty of Catholics that do no agree with these social teachings of the Church. Students need teachers committed to ALL of the issues, not just the ones that are the political hot topics. Without the other issues highlighted, this document is perceived no longer sacred, but politically skewed and distracting. If the document were more inclusive of all Gospels values and other rich doctrines, perhaps there would be greater context for the teachers to understand the importance of the controversial ones. This extremism approach and people like you that defend it will continue to divide our Church.
  23. Murphy
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    Murphy - March 09, 2013 3:40 pm
    As much as some defenders of Bishop Vasa want the issue here to be about orthodoxy, it is not. It’s about poor management and planning. It is about the Bishop’s lack of process to pastorally introduce this important document. I have asked several teachers of different Catholic schools if the Bishop or the Superintendent came out to their schools to discuss or provide formation about the document, they all said no. Some said the Bishop has never even been on their campus. It sounds like the Bishop personally passed up an opportunity to form his own teachers. Is he not the primarily shepherd and teacher? He only has 13 parish schools, what’s the problem? Any other CEO would be fired for such poor planning and approach with employees. Establish relationships and build trust, then move your agenda forward. Otherwise, divide your team, cause unnecessary drama, and hurt people through misunderstandings. Not very Christ-like IMHO.
  24. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 09, 2013 5:03 pm
    Sweet Caroline,
    How can students apply their faith foundation to the real world where priests are pedophiles? Really? So you are under the belief that all priests are pedophiles?
    If this is what is being taught in the Catholic church, I would agree that the teachers are VERY open-minded. NO WONDER the bishop needs to stop in and provide SOME kind of indication of his expectations of what is being taught.
    If it makes me a weak parent that I teach my child that pedophilia is wrong, even if inflicted by a priest, then I will wear that badge with honor.
    If the morals and virtues of the Catholic church were being properly taught, why would the Bishop feel strongly enough to require his employees to sign the addendum?
  25. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 09, 2013 6:58 pm
    Murphy,
    If you read the article closely, you will see Nancy Jordan indicate that the Bishop's addendum was similar to one currently used. Did she discuss or provide information about that document to her teachers? Probably not. This document outlined her expectations.
    IMHO, what the Bishop did in requiring teachers to sign the addendum was VERY Christ-like. While I am not biblical scholar, I am quite sure that Christ didn't "pastorally introduce" anything to the Apostles. He simply led them in the direction he felt was best in order to accomplish his goals. Did they all agree all the time? No. They too had the opportunity to decline and pursue other opportunities more in line with their beliefs. Get over it! Life isn't a democracy. The Bishop's addendum shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone working in a Catholic environment. It's the same story its always been for the church.

    In peace, JB.



  26. Murphy
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    Murphy - March 09, 2013 8:22 pm
    Jeff, perhaps it is YOU that needs to read the article again closely. The document came from the Diocese, not Nancy Jordan. As the article said, even though acknowledging it is their right to impose it, she desired more explanation as to why the document was necessary because she had never been told there was an issue after being assessed. She also wished there was dialogue with her teachers and the diocese. I acknowledge that you are probably not a biblical scholar, but I would encourage you to read the Jesus' encounters with his apostles again, especially with Peter and John. He taught and formed them over and over again, never giving up and with patience, even though there were times that tested him. Why can't the Bishop do the same? And while the document is not a surprise, the lack of respectful management is as this article clearly states. No one is asking for democracy, only respect. I'm not sure why you and others get so angry at this simple and human request.
  27. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 10, 2013 9:31 am
    The Bishop oversees a diocese with over 165,000 people, with 41 parishes, 17 schools, and 2 campus ministries. With the problems the diocese has, you want the Bishop to focus on each school to “pastorally introduce” an addendum that does not change the position the Catholic Church has had since its inception? What’s next; facilitate a group hug over his decision to celebrate Easter?

    You simply don’t know what you don’t know. So let me help you understand the “Golden Rule” that runs life:

    He who has the gold makes the rules.

    While Nancy may whine about “respectful management”, in the end, she has not a single clue about the sheer volume of issues someone managing an organization of this size must deal with on a daily basis. It’s great Nancy shares her suggestions for the Bishop. I am sure he appreciates her suggestions in the NVR on how to better run his business. St. John the Baptist Catholic School must run like a finely tuned machine demonstrating its "Catholicity" daily.
  28. Murphy
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    Murphy - March 10, 2013 6:30 pm
    Jeff Beck, I know you said you are not a biblical scholar, but you might want to look up what the Golden Rule actually is using the scriptures, it is mentioned more than once. For a short cut, you can just look it up in using Wikipedia if that is easier.
  29. onethought
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    onethought - March 13, 2013 8:47 am
    I think Connie Howard said it best "no comment". This is the business of the church and school.
  30. oldsalt
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    oldsalt - March 13, 2013 10:00 am
    While a number of comments have raised the question of whether our children are being protected, it is interesting that no one has raised the issue of Bishop Vasa's past record in regard to sexual abuse. There appears to have been one botched case involving a priest in the Baker diocese. More importantly, tho', Bp Vasa a) refused to conduct or sponsor ANY of the anti-sexual-abuse training required by the USCCB, and b) refused to file annual reports with the USCCB. What has he done with regard to these two items since coming to Santa Rosa? How is he protecting our children (and for that matter, protecting the diocese from lawsuits)?
  31. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - March 13, 2013 11:02 am
    I heard bells!
  32. Em Washington
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    Em Washington - March 13, 2013 1:06 pm
    Mr. Beck,
    Ending misuinformed text with "In Peace" does not make your judgmental un -Christianlike comments less obnoxious. We NEED more leaders like principal Jordan.
  33. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 14, 2013 9:41 pm
    Em Wash,
    I am not sure what part of my comment you felt was "misuinformed" nor do I quite understand what about the words "In Peace" evoke such a reaction from you.

    I have noticed when some people cannot argue facts and reality, they claim those with an opposing viewpoint are "angry" or "un-Christianlike". Perhaps my ending my comment with the (apparently offensive) "In Peace" should be viewed as a way to indicate my lack of malice toward anyone. I simply offer my views based on the facts of the story and the reality of real life.

    I am glad you seem to like the leadership that Principal Jordon provides. It seems she is confident in her perception of her school's "Catholicity". It will be interesting to see over the long term how she fares with the leadership in her diocese. Perhaps if she finds she cannot work within the Bishop's framework, you will have the opportunity to follow her in her next bold venture in education.

    Best of luck to you both!

  34. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 14, 2013 9:59 pm
    Murphy,

    Today I learned the words "Golden Rule" are never mentioned together in the Bible! Perhaps you should check your own source of knowledge, Wikipedia. But don't feel bad,

    In any case, I encourage you to Google "Murphy's Golden Rule" (there's some irony!). It may not be a Christian as you would like, but it is far more practical to life in the real world. It is somewhat like a corollary to Murphy's Law.

    It is with the heart of a servant that I try and give my perspective about the how the REAL world works. Experience is a wonderful thing, as we all will see as the future of St. John's the Baptist Catholic school unfolds.
  35. Em Washington
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    Em Washington - March 15, 2013 10:00 am
    Hey Mr. Beck,

    "In Peace" evokes a reaction, because that is the LAST sentiment anyone would walk away with after reading your comments. It's NOT rocket science.

    However, I was completely wrong, you ARE Christian...thanks for the kinds wishes of "Good Luck" to us both. Oh, was that sarcastic?

    .
  36. Just Sayin'
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    Just Sayin' - March 15, 2013 3:19 pm
    If the issue is about poor management and planning with a "lack of process" by the Bishop, Ms Jordan should understand and be empathetic because it is how she runs her school. I am not sure she would agree with you that the Bishop should pay a visit to her school. They would have some serious house cleaning to do before his arrival in order to maintain the illusion of "Catholicity" she claims.

    “Our current contract, signed by all full-time teachers, includes the expectation that ‘the teacher in a Catholic school must not teach, advocate, model or in any way encourage beliefs or behaviors contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church,’” Jordan said. (oh the stones she throws from her glass house!)
  37. Em Washington
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    Em Washington - March 15, 2013 5:58 pm
    Can't we all just get along. WWJD
  38. Em Washington
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    Em Washington - March 15, 2013 6:00 pm
    That's just mean.
  39. Jeff Beck
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    Jeff Beck - March 16, 2013 8:11 am
    Murphy,
    Some potentially good news for Nancy Jordan yesterday. According to the Press Democrat, the Bishop granted a "temporary pastoral accommodation" to a Catholic school in Ukiah. The principal met with her pastor to express her staff’s concerns over signing the contract addendum. He then dutifully took the concerns to the Bishop.

    After granting the accommodation, the Bishop later received a phone call from the newspaper asking for his comments on the matter. Did he launch into a diatribe about the circumstances around the issue? No, he simply said, "It's a private matter between me and the pastor and I won't discuss it."

    Apparently the Bishop’s addendum also requires teachers to pledge to “abide by the Ten Commandments, go to church every Sunday and heed God's words in thought, deed and intentions.” The Bishop wants teachers to be a "model of Catholic living" and to adhere to Catholic teaching.

    Murphy’s Golden Rule in action!
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