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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Canon law, too, is an ass

Let me see if I have this straight: Canon law allows the Bishop of Sacramento to remove a Catholic teacher for being an abortion clinic escort, but his hands are suddenly tied when the school principal expels the young student who blew the whistle on the teacher?

Doesn't arbitrarily expelling a schoolgirl for the crime of orthodoxy fall under "faith and morals"?

Don't get me wrong. I admire Bishop Weigand. It's the hand-tying canons that I find inscrutable.


Blogger Tito said...

It sucks for Katelyn, but I'm not all that familiar with the delineation of authority.

Anyways, here is my opinion.

Loretto HS falls under the authority of the diocese via geography. But the school is not a diocesan school, so the Bishop has no 'real' authority in regards to administration and other non-religous matters.

Unless of course the Catechism and the teachings of the Catholic Church are violated, then Bishop Weigand can step in and 'ask' for the immediate dismissal of Marie Bain.

In the case of Katelyn Sills, Bishop Weigand seems to have no recourse except private consultation and cannot interfere since Katelyn Sills expulsion has nothing to do with any doctrinal violations.

Makes sense to me, but still a bit murkey as far as delineation of authority with all the cleavages and gray lines of between the Sisters of Loretto and the diocese. It can look like a cluster at times.

9:20 AM

Anonymous Patrick said...

I get the geography vs religious Order issue. Here is the murk for me: On the Bishop's word, the teacher was canned by the school. This was no nice "request." And if the teacher was well-beloved by her Loretto adminstrators, why didn't they "ask" the Bishop if he wouldn't mind flying a kite?

Or, if she was a crappy teacher anyhow (or if the Loretto Sisters object to their teachers escorting women into abortuaries) then why retaliate against Katelyn?

Further, if Bishop Weigand has the authority to effect the just firing of a Catholic teacher, why can't he rectify the unjust expelling of a Catholic student? The former is far more grave and dramatic.

We're obviously missing some additional facts, because this doesn't add up.

10:36 AM


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