A reader asks

I just wanted to ask you if you know of an official Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to the Pope and Magisterium which Catholic high schools could administer to religion teachers? Also- what is your view in light of President Obama’s strong moves to promote open homosexuality in the Military to an informal boycott of faithful Catholics from entering the Armed Services- especially since part of the basis for removing Don’t Ask was that the Military would not be impacted in any significant way.

I’m afraid I don’t know about any such oath. But since I am an ignoramus about such matters, that means little. Maybe my readers do. Anyone?

I don’t think a boycott on serving in the armed forces is particularly going to help anything. I think Obama’s attempt at socially engineering the military is going to end badly and that having Catholics with a head on their shoulders is going to be vital for picking up the pieces when this dumb imposition of ideology crashes and burns. The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things, not to make gays (or any other needy narcissist) feel affirmed in their okayness. What somebody does in their off hours is nobody’s business. Making it be everybody’s business and then forcing them to approve of it is one of the most obnoxious traits of militant homosexuals. It’s something calculated to destroy the sort of unit cohesion the military requires. Live your life without getting up in everybody’s grille and ordinary people don’t care what you do in the privacy of your own home. Perpetually demand they approve of you and you make everybody sick of you doubletime. In an Empire like ours that is secured by an all-volunteer force, it is folly to alienate the bulk of your troops with such experimentation on their patience.

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  • Richard C.

    The Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity are here:


    Some adaptation might be needed for people entering into the work of catechesis instead of a clerical office in the Church, so: the pastor or bishop should be consulted.

  • ds

    Mark I don’t quite understand your comment about gays in the military. I thought all that was going to happen was to allow them to serve without fear of getting kicked out if someone finds out they’re gay. Is this what you mean by “Making it be everybody’s business and then forcing them to approve of it”? Or is there something more going on I’m unaware of?

  • Arnold

    Mark, if time permits, it would be interesting to learn in what ways you think this social engineering experiment in the military is going to end badly and what time frame you suspect it might happen in. I think the same thing will eventually become clear regarding same sex couples adopting children but it will take a generation to learn that, I fear. The current case of a lesbian couple trying to change or alter a little boy’s gender attributes (I realize his actual sex does not change) is one extreme example.

  • Nathan Martin

    Franciscan University of Steubenville has an oath of fidelity for all its theology and catechetics professors along with administrators as a prerequisite for employment.

  • Will

    “What somebody does in their off hours is nobody’s business.”

    That is the point of the changes. Other countries allow gays in their military with no ill effects. Everyone is required to be professional while on duty.

    “The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things…”

    Much of the purpose of the military is to act as a deterrent to agression against our nation. Often our political leaders get confused and commit our troops where they should not.