Tag Archives: Washington D.C.

Bishop Vasa to Santa Rosa

“My 11 years in the Diocese of Baker have been a grace and blessing for me, and while I have experienced a number of challenges in the diocese, I can say that I have never regretted saying ‘yes’ the first time the apostolic nuncio contacted me.”

The Most Rev. Robert Francis Vasa, 59, Catholic bishop of the Baker Diocese, will become coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in Northern California on March 4. Eventually, Vasa will succeed Bishop Daniel Walsh, 73, who requested the help of a coadjutor bishop. Catholic bishops submit their resignations at age 75. When Walsh resigns, Vasa will become bishop.

The announcement was made today, Jan. 24, by the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C. The Diocese of Baker, with its headquarters in Bend, includes about 40,000 Catholics.

Vasa has been bishop of Baker since 2000. He’s known as a defender of orthodox Catholic teaching, which some consider under attack from within and outside of the church. He required lay ministers within the Baker Diocese to sign an oath of fidelity. In February 2010, he endedCatholic sponsorship of St. Charles Medical Center in Bend because doctors there performed tubal ligations, a sterilization procedure, on women.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Baker said an apostolic administrator will be named while the church searches for a bishop to take Vasa’s place.

— Nancy Haught, OregonLive.com

Guns — You give up yours, I’ll give up mine

Despite the effort of some folks trying to pass off their political leanings as Catholicism, there is buried somewhere within the ethos of the far left too the realization that this is a violent civilization and it’s the constitutional right of citizens to defend their home(land), their lives, and families from the violent–be they violent individuals or tyrannical governments. Using the Tucson shootings to rile up support for the fantasy of gun control by taking guns away from law-abiding citizens is just that, fantasy… I do ardently await the day, when by the grace of God (Love) returns in the flesh, and that all flesh (men) will finally–once and forever–trade in their swords for plowshares… I do. Until that day, however, my boys are keeping their Red Ryder’s

Here’s some inner-city sense concerning gun collection efforts coming from my favorite jazz man, Gil Scott Heron (whom I pray for these days)…


CCHD: How to shoot yourself in the foot

EDITOR NOTE: Enough games… Catholics should not be expected to finance this political drama queen any longer.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Reform CCHD Now (RCN) coalition (www.reformcchdnow.com) has released a report detailing multiple problems with the Coalition of Imokalee Workers (CIW), the first grantee featured in a document intended to outline the review and renewal of the controversial Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).

“The very idea that the CCHD would praise CIW in a document that apologizes for funding pro-abortion, pro-homosexual organizations in the past and promises to make a stronger effort to avoid doing so in the future undermines their credibility,” said Michael Hichborn, lead researcher for RCN member American Life League.  “If CCHD can’t get it right at the beginning of this process, what confidence can we have that it will be able to do so later on.”

RCN’s report outlines in specific detail how CIW participated in the US Social Forum 2010; something the RCN reported on back in June.  The US Social Forum ran a collection of workshops, many of which were devoted to abortion rights, homosexual rights, and Marxist Socialism.  RCN’s report also specifies three of CIW’s coalition and network partnerships that are in and of themselves pro-abortion and pro-homosexual, and whose mission is to encourage cross-issues advocacy of their members. The report can be found on the Reform CCHD Now web site at http://reformcchdnow.com/report_11_4_10_renewal.pdf.

“The CIW’s participation with these groups directly violates the CCHD Renewal documents restriction on participating in coalitions which have positions or actions which contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.” said Rob Gasper, founder of RCN member Bellarmine Veritas Ministry. “The CCHD’s lack of oversight even in its renewal document underscores our concern and call for a delay in the national collection until the 2010 grants list is released.”

RCN renewed its call for complete transparency in CCHD’s grants process, and a delay of the collection until the new grants list is released.


USCCB “Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development” betrays utter lack of reform

Liberal priests oppose CCHD reform efforts in Chicago (Exclusive)

 CCHD critics raise new questions on grants to radical groups

 CCHD Coalition Finds Radical Group Featured in Bishop’s Renewal Document; Urges Delay of Annual Collection