Catholic School Administrator Fired for Supporting Marriage Equality in Blog Post

Earlier this week, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired Mike Moroski, an assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School, for showing “poor judgment” and violating the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

His crime?

Posting on his personal website about how he has no problem with gay marriage:

Mike Moroski

Furthermore — I unabashedly believe that gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry. Ethically, morally and legally I believe this. I spend a lot of my life trying to live as a Christian example of love for others, and my formation at Catholic grade school, high school, 3 Catholic Universities and employment at 2 Catholic high schools has informed my conscience to believe that gay marriage is NOT something of which to be afraid.

To me, it seems our time would be much better spent worrying about the economy, our city’s failing pensions, retaining our big business neighbors and finding creative, efficient, effective ways to fund our excellent Cincinnati Public Schools.

Not much time left over to worry about gay people marrying one another.

Moroski, himself married, told ABC News he was inspired by President Barack Obama‘s support for same-sex marriage, and that he was “disappointed” with — but not surprised by — the Archdiocese’s decision:

“I feel like if your love for somebody makes you a better person… then you should be allowed to [express] that,” he told the network. “You certainly, I feel, should be allowed to say you support that.”

Faculty at the Catholic school must sign contracts every year agreeing to “comply with and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

The blog post may have violated his school’s social media policy, Moroski said, but he doesn’t believe it violated church teachings. He told ABC News that other Catholic educators who support the ongoing wars or the death penalty (both of which seemingly go against the principles of the Church) have not been reprimanded.

It’s almost as if the Church unfairly targets LGBT people and their supporters… Shocking!

“I put it up there because I really truly honestly believe it,” he said. “I’m absolutely willing to lose my job over this. The only difficult thing for me now is the students.”

According to ABC, Moroski’s students have held demonstrations at the Archdiocese’s downtown office asking them to bring him back to school. I don’t blame them; he sounds like a pretty great guy.

About Camille Beredjick

Camille is a twentysomething working in the LGBT nonprofit industry. She runs an LGBT news blog at gaywrites.org.


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