Taking the oath
EDITOR: After reading the article about lay teachers being required to sign a document stating that they would be role models to pupils regarding teachings of the Catholic Church, I felt compelled to write on their behalf.
These teachers are not all Catholics, but they have done a good job of teaching our kids reading, writing and arithmetic. In my opinion, this should not require them to sign an oath of allegiance to the church. These teachers need their jobs and should not be forced to lie in order to keep them.
Role models start in the home. As long as teachers lead a good life (whatever their religion) and pass this along to their students, they are certainly fulfilling their obligation as teachers.
Being a Catholic myself, I would venture to say at least 80 percent of parishioners have failed at one time or another to uphold the rules mentioned in the article (“Diocese requires teachers to follow church doctrine,” Feb. 28). No one person could say they were the perfect Catholic role model. I'm a Catholic but not perfect. However, I do feel I am a good Christian and role model.
Teachers, don't let them make liars out of you by forcing you to sign this document.
EDITOR: Cynthia M. Vrooman (“Catholic teachers left with moral dilemma,” Close to Home, Wednesday) advises teachers faced with the “very real moral dilemma” of signing Bishop Robert Vasa's addendum to their contracts: “Follow your conscience.”
Good advice, too, for Catholics who silently watch this drama from the sidelines and allow their religion to be defined in ways that are anathema to them. I am not speaking of the conservative Catholics who agree with Vasa but rather those who don't.
Many of these more progressive Catholics use contraception, have dear family and friends who are homosexual and believe in a woman's right to choose.