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School Openly Sacks Gay Teacher To Keep Its "Catholic Identity" Intact

School Openly Sacks Gay Teacher To Keep Its "Catholic Identity" Intact

An Indiana based Cathedral High School mentioned they need to "follow the direct guidance" of Archbishop Charles Thompson and "separate" from the teacher

An Indiana based Catholic high school fired a gay teacher in order to avoid being ostracized from the diocese, say reports. This came right after a school nearby refused to do the same and instead went against the archdiocese. In an attempt to not lose their "Catholic identity," the administrators of the Indiana high school had to take such discriminatory measures. They announced this decision via a letter posted on the school's website on Sunday.



 

In the letter, Cathedral High School situated in Indianapolis expressed how they had to make this "agonizing decision" to terminate the employment of a teacher who was in a same-sex marriage. They also mentioned how his lifestyle went against the diocese, according to the New York Post, as he was "living in contradiction to Catholic teaching." The letter further insisted on how they had no other option but to follow the mandatory rule set by Archbishop Charles Thompson as they wrote: Cathedral must follow the direct guidance given to us by Archbishop Thompson and separate from the teacher.



 

Providing the example of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, a neighboring institution, the letter revealed how the officials were worried about having their Catholic identity stripped off just like them. It is Archbishop Thompson’s responsibility to oversee faith and morals as related to Catholic identity within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis: read the letter signed by the Chairman and President of the  Catholic board Matt Cohoat and Rob Bridges respectively.



 

This would mean losing their nonprofit status that would in turn not allow any priest to serve on the school’s board of directors. Now, if they didn't have any priests they would not be able to celebrate Catholic rituals. However, the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School did not comply with Thompson's "direct insertion into an employment matter of a school governed by a religious order" because it was totally uncalled for.



 

The school officials said, "After long and prayerful consideration, we determined that following the Archdiocese’s directive would not only violate our informed conscience on this particular matter but also set a concerning precedent for future interference in the school’s operations." According to NBC News, Cathedral did respect Brebeuf's decision to not conform with Thompson’s guideline. However, they knew that they could not function in a similar manner to the Jesuit-sponsored school if they were banished by 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, the letter continued without identifying the teacher in its letter. Stressing on the fact that the Cathedral has been serving about 1,100 students from grade 9 to 11, they revealed how it has been a  faith school for 100 years. 



 

The letter further insisted: Our Catholic faith is at the core of who we are and what we teach at Cathedral. Therefore, in order to remain a Catholic Holy Cross School, Cathedral must follow the direct guidance given to us by Archbishop Thompson and separate from the teacher. The board further acknowledged the fact that their controversial decision to fire a gay teacher would definitely stir up some resistance of students against the school.



 

Speaking about these challenges the letter read: In today’s climate, we know that being Catholic can be challenging and we hope that this action does not dishearten you, and, most especially, dishearten Cathedral’s young people. They also took the fact that not everyone might agree with their decision. Explaining how they understand this backlash they said, "We know that some individuals do not agree with every teaching of the Catholic Church and so their conscience struggles between the teaching and what they believe is right." In addition to that, they made it a point to include how the school as an individual institution respected such conflicts. "We want you to know that we respect an individual’s conflict between teaching and their conscience," they said.



 

 The whole thing had a number of mixed reactions. While some condemned the Catholic Church for doing something like this, others agreed that it was the right decision for someone who did not conform to its rules.



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

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