"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Chancery Office Staff & Their Social Media Accounts
Did you know the Diocese of Hamilton has an Office of Justice and Peace? We even have a coordinator for it. I don't know if it's a full time position, part time, or volunteer, but I assume full time. What's the compensation package for a chancery office coordinator? I'd guess somewhere between $40K-$50K salary plus benefits, vacation, travel expenses (to attend social justice conferences, trips to the Vatican, etc) office expenses, etc. So the collection baskets in the diocese fork out around $60,000/yr for this role. Does anyone know what a justice and peace diocesan coordinator does all day?
Sarah Guinta is our Justice and Peace Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Guelph three years ago with a degree in Political Economy and Administrative Change. Previous work experience at Me To We and AIESEC Canada. I'd guess her age in the mid-twenties. I have no idea what the skill set or experience level for a diocesan justice and peace coordinator are but let's assume Sarah's qualified for this position, whatever it's suppose to do for us.
After some googling and browsing on employment websites, I could not find any advertisements for this position. Were there other candidates? This is all I could find, the announcement of her hiring in September 2015. I'm not sure who does the hiring at the Diocese of Hamilton Chancery Office, but do they check potential new employee's social media accounts?
This is Sarah's Facebook page. It's privacy settings are public so I didn't have to hack into it or anything like that. It's currently available for anyone to see.
After her current employment status, educational achievement, her attendance at "Sexually Charged: November Edition" is listed. If you don't know what "Sexually Charged" is all about then consider yourself lucky. The event's profile picture of three plush vaginas should be a clue.
Sarah doesn't list anything in "Relationship Status". I think it's safe to assume she's not married. Maybe she went to the event to proclaim the Gospels, participate in New Evangelization, and explain Church teaching.
The event is organized by a University of Guelph prof who specializes in kinky sex and gender identity issues.
Apparently when you identify your gender as 'poly' you use 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she', because it's 2015.
Sarah also gave a Facebook shout-out to all her wonderful same-sex attracted friends this past summer. I have friends and family with same-sex attraction; some of them are wonderful too. However, Pride isn't about loving and caring for people, it's about deviant and harmful sexual behavior. Professional Catholics should not be condoning nor promoting such events.
Maybe working in the chancery office, Sarah will find a catechism:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
Sarah's Twitter account has issues too. Her tweets are highly political (leftwing, of course) and at least one sexual. Here is a re-tweet of an organization that supports abortion:
It seems Sarah has some growing up to do, but then again so does our new prime minister. Maybe in her role as a professional Catholic she'll reform her life. Many of us didn't follow Church teaching on matters of sexuality in our twenties, but we weren't employed by our diocese either.
At this point I'm not even sure if Sarah is a practicing Catholic. There is nothing on her social media accounts to suggest otherwise. You'd think being a practicing Catholic would be a job requirement with the Diocese of Hamilton.
After some googling I did find a Shari Guinta. She is the National Treasurer of the CWL, a member of the KW Serra club, a director at the Good Shepherd Centre, and sits on the Diocese of Hamilton's Finance Committee. Maybe that's the connection.
Posted by Kitchener Waterloo Traditional Catholic at 2:47 PM