Thursday, July 13, 2006


All Around Bad Ass Of The Day
His Excellency, Bishop John Yanta

Remember when ALL Catholic bishops thought this way, instead of the remnant we have now?

Bishop John Yanta of the Catholic diocese of Amarillo, Texas, has published a pastoral letter on modesty in dress, especially at Sunday Mass, a subject that inevitably arouses strong reactions even in conservative circles.

Titled, “Modesty starts with purification of the heart,” Bishop Yanta’s letter calls choosing what to wear a “moral act.” Bishop Yanta writes, “we can help the devil in many ways including the way we dress.”

Referring to the “battle for purity,” required of the Christian life, Bishop Yanta writes, “When the community of believers comes together for the Eucharist (Mass) let no one be a distraction from Jesus or provide temptation (an occasion of sin) to another because of our manner of dress.”


The homily by Fr. Christopher Hathaway, cited by Bishop Yanta includes the admonition: “How many Catholics this Summer will attend Sunday Mass in tank tops, shorts, flip flops... in dress unbecoming of the Holy Sacrifice… Anyone who dresses like this at Sunday Mass does not know where they are; they have become spotted by the world.”

Bishop Yanta has a history of refusing to shrink from controversy for the sake of his flock, even to the point of being one of the tiny number of US bishops willing to enforce a Vatican instruction that pro-abortion Catholic politicians must be refused holy Communion until they have publicly repented their position.

"one of the tiny number of US bishops..." , now that's a damnable cryin' shame, ain't it?

Anyhow, Bishop Yanta has the doo-dads to stand up to the Dark Powers of Political Correctness. And for his moral courage to stand up to the laziness (in all it's forms) that has infected Holy Mother The Church, the cavemen do declare him our All Around Bad Ass Of The Day.

10 Comments:

Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

The sad thing about this story is that it's remarkable at all.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

Groovy. He got the dress code right. Now, let's see him enforce it: ex., no communion for girls in men's clothes.

BTW, I wonder what Mass he celebrates or permits to be celebrated? I wonder what his stance is concerning the rest of traditional Catholic theology?

Dont get me wrong: this is definitely a step in the right direction, and I do applaud His Excellency. I just hope for the sake of the Faithful in Amarillo that Bp. Yanta really means business.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

I attended a Maronite Church (as a refugee from the Novus Ordo)for a number of years before returning to the Latin Mass, and the Godly Maronite priest announced it from the pulpit (and followed thru!): any adult coming up for Holy Communion wearing shorts (men or women)would be turned away.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Curmudgeon said...

Gilbertus, for a short historical sketch of Amarillo hop over to my cave: curmudgeonkc.blogspot.com.

To my knowledge, there's no old rite Mass offered there. Maybe someone from Fr. Pavone's group? I dunno.

An old rite Mass would be hard to start there, given the history and what a mess things are in, but you've got to think it would bear fruit, huh?

10:31 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I'm just thrilled that he said this.

9:23 AM  
Blogger erin is nice said...

and somehow in your little world of hypocracy, bikini girls are okay. pick a side boys.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Little girl, for some odd reason, you seem to think that your opinion is important to me.

But just to refresh your memory, I'll say it again... sometimes I just like to look at a pretty girl. I'm sure you know the feeling.

In the meantime *YAWN* (with a dismissive wave) toddle off, child, you're starting to bore me.

2:02 PM  
Blogger erin is nice said...

soo, your desires are now more important than modesty? hmm... very interesting.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

All this over one picture of a girl in a dress, and two pictures of girls in bikinis. Hmmmm... very interesting.

And I'm being lectured on modesty by some snot-nosed child who needs to use the infamous "F" word at every turn in her blog?

Anyone who cusses that much obviously didn't get enough attention from mommy and none from daddy. Either that, or they have exceptionally lousy language skills. In your case, it's both.

Sugar britches, your garbage mouth is just so people will pay attention to you. I can't have a couple of pictures of pretty girls, but you degrade not only women, but humanity overall with your filthy mouth. And I'M the hypocrite here?

You obvioulsy are starting to develop a very unhealthy obsession with me.

Shouldn't you and the rest of the coven be out burning bras or something?

8:29 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Erin, my girl...
I forgot to add, you failed to read what I had typed at the bottom of the posting in question.

My dear, that whole post was tounge-in-cheeck. You know "not to be taken seriously".

Honey Chil', it's called a sense of humor. You desperatly need to cultivate one. Lighten up, sweetie pie. Life will be more enjoyable and you'll live longer.

Now give your Uncle Cavey a kiss on the cheeck and toddle off to bed.

Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.

8:40 AM  

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