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Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher After Threat from Catholic Church

Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher After Threat from Catholic Church

Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher After Threat from Catholic Church

The church threatened to revoke their status as a Catholic school.

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Only days after a Catholic school made headlines for going against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and refusing to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, another Catholic school has done the exact opposite.

Cathedral High School announced Sunday that it would be firing an LGBTQ teacher after twenty-two months of discussion with the archdiocese.

“Archbishop Thompson made it clear that Cathedral’s continued employment of a teacher in a public, same-sex marriage would result in our forfeiting our Catholic identity due to our employment of an individual living in contradiction to Catholic teaching on marriage,” they said in a statement posted to their website.

They were clearly aware of the optics, specifically announcing this directly after Brebeuf Jesuit refused the same directive from the archdiocese, and explained that Brebeuf would be able to survive being cut off by the Catholic church due to its sponsorship by the Jesuits.

Cathedral High School reportedly has a “different nonprofit status” and would lose the ability to employ diocesan priests and offer the sacrament, whereas Brebeuf is not impacted in the same way.

Though the fact that Cathedral held out discussions for nearly two years suggests they were trying to come to some sort of better conclusion, one user on Twitter claimed to have had a negative experience at Cathedral in the past, and called out its leadership for hypocrisy and past issues with the LGBTQ community.

 

 

Hopefully the fired teacher — and any other LGBTQ teachers who suffer from the archdiocese’s current mission — find other work at schools that support them. It’s just too bad the students at Cathedral may not have that same support.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.