EDITOR: As I read Thursday's article "Diocese requires teachers to follow church doctrine," I could hear the uproar from liberal Santa Rosa. This may be an infringement upon the teachers' freedom of belief, but the freedom to make rules is important to religious (and other) organizations. If I were a teacher, I would have difficulty signing the agreement, as I am just a young adult still trying to separate all the shades of gray into blacks and whites. However, the schools are founded on Catholicism and all its values, so expecting teachers to adhere is completely reasonable.

I commend Bishop Robert Vasa for striving for consistency in the body of Catholic schoolteachers, as consistency is one of the most difficult standards for humankind to meet. The troubling human vice of hypocrisy damages society wherever it is manifest. Vasa has taken an honorable stand in ensuring biblical views are both lived out and upheld, thus setting an invariable example for the students.


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