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.