Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington Virginia sent a letter to some 5000 catechists in his diocese asking them to sign an oath of fidelity to Church teachings before their pastor if they wish to teach in the diocese. Such oaths are nothing new for priests and nuns but their extension to lay catechists and other volunteers is a more recent phenomena. In the Diocese of Arlington all but 5 of the catechists signed the oath.
According to the bishop,
"As chief catechist in the diocese, the bishop is responsible for the total catechetical mission of the local church" (National Directory for Catechesis, 54). This aspect of my ministry is one I share with all who teach and form our youth. In order that we may work together to transmit the Faith, I hereby establish, as diocesan policy, that every catechist, together with their aides (if any), publicly make an annual Profession of Faith according to the attached formula.
Good work Bishop Loverde...
Is a Catechist Catholic?