Arlington diocese asks teachers to take fidelity oath

The US diocese of Arlington hopes to strengthen teaching in Catholic schools and churches by asking religious instructors to promise allegiance to the Church’s teachings, even on controversial subjects.

“This is viewed as a positive gesture — one of community and communion, in which our catechists profess their faith in communion with Bishop Loverde, Pope Benedict, and the entire Church,” diocesan communications director Michael Donohue said in a July 12 EWTN News interview.

While a small number of teachers say they cannot take the fidelity oath, Donohue said a “far greater number” have told the diocese they see the profession of faith as “a positive gesture.”

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