A Catholic high school in Indianapolis fired a gay teacher for his & # 39; catholic identity & # 39; to protect after it was pressured by the Archdiocese.
Cathedral High School announced in a letter to the community on Sunday that it's the & # 39; painful decision & # 39; made to separate & # 39; & # 39; from the unnamed teacher who is in a same-sex marriage.
That decision will mean that the school will avoid the punishment that the nearby Jesuit Preparatory School of Brebeuf received last week when it was cut off by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for refusing to dismiss its own gay and married worker.
Cathedral High School (photo) fired a gay teacher after pressure from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Archbishop Charles Thompson (photo) told the cathedral that he would deprive the school of his Catholic identity if he did not fire the gay teacher, according to a letter from school leaders
The cathedral said that in almost two years of & # 39; serious discussion and extensive dialogue & # 39; was engaged to the Archdiocese.
Archbishop Charles Thompson & # 39; made it clear that the continued appointment of a teacher in a same-sex public marriage would cause our Catholic identity to be forfeited & said the letter.
The letter mentions the consequences for disobedience to the church: it would not be able to identify itself as a Catholic school, celebrate the sacraments or serve diocesan priests on their board, and would lose its non-profit status.
The letter, signed by the school president, Rob Bridges, and the president of the board, Matt Cohoat, said they hoped that the termination of the homeschooler would not discourage & # 39;
"We know that some people disagree with every doctrine of the Catholic Church, so their conscience struggles between the doctrine and what they believe to be true," Bridges and Cohoat wrote.
& # 39; We want you to know that we respect the conflict between education and their conscience. & # 39;
Administrators of the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (photo) in Indianapolis pushed back against the demands of the Archdiocese to dismiss a homosexual teacher and wondered whether the Archdiocese has the authority to govern the school's staff decisions or its religious beliefs to revoke
Many Catholics in Indianapolis have expressed frustration with Cathedral's decision. A Facebook page set up by a Brebeuf graduate protests against the archbishop's pressure on schools to end gay workers
The letter also notes that Brebeuf is a Jesuit school with a looser link with the Archdiocese and is not confronted with losing its funding.
& # 39; We respect the position of our brothers and sisters at the preparatory school of Brebeuf Jesuit while also going through this painful time … The two schools cannot function in the same way if Cathedral would receive a similar decree as Brebeuf. & # 39;
Many Catholics in Indianapolis have expressed frustration with Cathedral's decision.
A Change.org petition The community's disapproval of the teacher's termination has received more than 7,500 signatures.
The petition states: "The decision to fulfill this requirement of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is neither a Catholic nor a Christian, but is instead an act of unjust discrimination and exclusion, not in accordance with the Catholic call for acceptance, defined through respect, compassion and sensitivity. & # 39;
A Facebook page called & # 39; Fire Me Too & # 39 ;, set up by a Brebeuf graduate, says: & # 39; Brebeuf Jesuit was right when he stood up for the inherent dignity of all of God's children. Now even the high school cathedral is exhausted for the unitary focus of the new archbishop. & # 39;
When confronted with the same decision as the cathedral, Brebeuf rejected Archbishop Charles Thompson and wrote in an open letter to the community that the insistence and guidance of the Archdiocese had rejected that we were a highly skilled and qualified teacher. reject & # 39 ;.
Brebeuf Chairman Brother Bill Verbryke mentioned the Archdiocese's decision to close the ties with the school & # 39; very sad and difficult & # 39; to make
After taking note of the provisional decision of the Archdiocese last Thursday, Brebeuf President Friar Bill Verbryke called the occasion & # 39; a very sad and difficult day & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We will continue to function as a Catholic and as a Jesuit school, & # 39; said the president provocatively in a video record on the school's Twitter account.
Although the Archdiocese has already taken action to rob Brebeuf of its Catholic identity, the leaders of the Midwestern province of the Jesuits said that the decision will be appealed.
In a statement about Brebeuf, the Archdiocese said that the problem is not about & # 39; sexual orientation & quot; but about the fact that the teacher in question is married to someone of the same sex.
It said that all school staff, including teachers who do not teach religion, as & # 39; servants & # 39; of the Catholic doctrine.
& # 39; It is about our expectation that all members of staff within a Catholic school – who are pastors of the faith – adhere to all church teachings, including the nature of marriage, & quot;
& # 39; If and when a minister does not do so in public, the Church calls on us to help the individual strive to live a life in accordance with Catholic doctrine. & # 39;
But some called that statement questioned.
Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at America Magazine, told it New York Times that & # 39; categories of people you should fire & # 39; a & # 39; large list & # 39; would include faculty members who use contraception, skip Sunday Mass, or do not give to the poor.
& # 39; Why are those virtues no less important than the Church's teaching about same-sex marriage? & # 39; Father Martin said. & # 39; It is completely discriminatory. & # 39;
Cathedral is the third Catholic high school in Indianapolis that has been under pressure from Thompson about gay marriage workers since becoming Archbishop in July 2017.
The Roncalli High School of Indianapolis, managed by Archdiocesen, has dismissed or suspended two female counselors in the past year for being gay marriage. The women have filed complaints about federal discrimination at work and have said they intend to bring legal proceedings.
Cathedral High School is one of the 68 Catholic schools, recognized by the Archdiocese and serves around 1,100 students in grades 9 to 12.
The 101-year-old private school is affiliated with the Holy Cross brothers, but is run independently and depends on the Catholic Church to maintain its status as a non-profit organization.
Indiana is one of about 30 non-discriminatory states to protect LGBT + people, according to the human rights organization Human Rights Campaign.
A federal law for such national non-discrimination protection was passed by the House of Representatives in May, but appears to be doomed in the US Senate because of the Republican opposition.
Pope Francis has expressed mixed signals about his attitude toward homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and told reporters about Rome so recently in April that homosexual tendencies & # 39;are not a sin, & # 39; but stop determining a homosexual lifestyle or a same-sex marriage.
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