Pope Benedict XVI greets Bishop Robert F. Vasa of Santa Rosa, Calif., during an April 21, 2012, "ad limina" visit at the Vatican with bishops from California, Nevada, Hawaii and Utah. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
In an article published by The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Bishop Robert Vasa shared his thoughts on the much discussed America interview with Pope Francis, saying that while he is “geared more toward a canonical mindset and I recognize the need for administrative leadership in church. I also recognize that pastoral leadership, while wonderful, requires someone stepping in and taking up the administrative role.”
Asked if he thinks some Catholics are "obsessed" with various moral teachings of the Church, Bishop Vasa responded in the negative:
“I certainly do know that there are individuals, and I certainly would probably be among them, who firmly believe that these are core cultural issues about which we must be vocal,” he said. “But I'm not obsessed about them. A vast majority of the things that I write do not include abortion as a topic or contraception or divorce and remarriage.”
“Is there a need for teaching about those things? Absolutely. Are there some folks who overstep the boundary and say, 'OK we're preaching about this every single Sunday?' Well, there may be. But there's a vast majority of people who never talk about it.”
Vasa said that if “everyone talked about it a little, there would be fewer who feel the need to talk about it more,” adding that abortion is a social justice issue.
“What the Holy Father is calling us to do is to promote the Gospel message, not starting from, 'Oh, you're bad and going to hell,” Vasa said. “But rather from a positive presentation of God's goodness, of God's love, of God's mercy and God's call to everyone of us to live a life more in conformity with what God wants us to do.”
Read the entire article on the Press Democrat website.