Jesuit high school will no longer be recognized as a Catholic after refusing to dismiss a gay teacher
An Indiana Catholic School will lose its religious appointment on Friday after officials refused to dismiss an openly gay teacher.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced on Thursday that it will no longer recognize the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic because the school does not dismiss the nameless teacher.
The Catholic governing body, which manages 126 parishes, 68 schools and six Catholic charities in central and southern Indiana, has, according to its website, addressed the problem with Brebouf, an independent Catholic school, since it discovered two years ago that the school was a teacher in marriage same-sex staff.
Archbishop Charles Thompson is expected to issue a formal decree setting out the verdict of the Archdiocese on Friday.
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The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced on Thursday that it would no longer recognize the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic because the school would not dismiss the unnamed teacher who is in the same same-sex marriage. Archbishop Charles Thompson (photo) is expected to issue a formal decree setting out the ruling of the Archdiocese on Friday
Administrators of the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (photo) in Indianapolis have pushed back against the demands of the Archdiocese to dismiss a homosexual teacher and wondered whether the Archdiocese has the authority to control the school's staff decisions or are religious conviction
A statement received on Thursday from the Associated Press says that the Jesuit of Brebeuf & # 39; can no longer use the name Catholic and will no longer be recognized or recognized as a Catholic institution. & # 39;
& # 39; Whether they teach religion or not, all pastors in their professional and private lives must convey and support the lessons of the Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis recognizes all teachers, counselors, and administrators as ministers, & said the Archdiocese.
The administrators of the Brebeuf have withdrawn against the demands of the Archdiocese to end the teacher's employment and wonder if they have the authority to regulate the school's personnel decisions or to revoke its religious beliefs.
& # 39; As far as we know, the direct insertion of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis into an employment issue of a school governed by a religious order is unprecedented & # 39 ;, the Brebeuf directors said in a statement on Thursday evening to community members.
School posted a challenging post on Twitter
& # 39; After long and prayerful thinking, we have found that following the Archdiocese directive would not only violate our informed conscience about this specific issue, but would also create a worrying precedent for future interference in school activities and other governance issues. who has had Brebeuf Jesuit leadership historically the only right and privilege to tackle and decide. & # 39;
After hearing the provisional decision of the Archdiocese Thursday, Brebeuf President Friar Bill Verbryke named the occasion & # 39; a very sad and difficult day & # 39 ;.
Brebeuf Chairman Brother 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. & # 39; Thank you for your support. I ask for your constant support. But above all I ask that we are all respectful and praying for all involved. & # 39;
School leaders, who have been around since 1962 and currently have about 800 enrolled students, have vowed to continue operating as a Catholic institution, regardless of what the Archdiocese explains.
& # 39; We will continue to offer a rigorous academic program that follows over 450 years of Jesuit tradition and is dedicated to expansive and critical thinking, competent and compassionate ethical concern, creative and artistic expression, and excellence based on belief and human dignity person, & # 39; said the Brebeuf administrators in a statement.
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 ordering an openly gay lifestyle or gay marriage.
A year ago, the survivor of the Chilean Catholic sexual abuse Juan Carlos Cruz, who is gay, said the pope told him that his sexuality, & # 39; does not matter & quot; during their meeting in the Vatican, according to CNN.
& # 39; God made you that way. God loves you so much. The Pope loves you so much and you must love yourself and not worry about what people say, & said the Pope, according to Cruz.
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