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

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  • A3Kr0n

    He does sound like a pretty great guy, and too good for the Catholic school IMHO.

  • http://twitter.com/gingerjet gingerjet

    You would think the ear ring alone would of got him fired.

  • Haha USA

    Why we would ever need earthly laws to buttress heavenly laws has always been a mystery to me. And why Christians think that earthly punishments are necessary at all (considering the fact that judgment and punishment will be meted out in the hereafter) is another mystery.

    Well, either those two are mysteries or Christians haven’t exactly thought their stuff through.

  • Robin V

    http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/Letter-Delivered-in-Support-of-Ousted-Purcell/gj6dvy8Dw0y9KIjRyw3oCQ.cspx

    This says Letter Delivered… they also delivered almost 7500 signatures from the kids and their families and these were given to the Archdiocese…. If these Catholic schools and other business’ want to press things, then they should stop getting federal funding thru Faith Based Initiatives. Go back to be completely private schools, only funded by the tuitions they get from the familes that send their kids there. Then they can do whatever they want. But the fact of the matter is, my taxes are going to those schools and other business thru federal funding. I want this crap stopped.

  • Sven2547

    * Work for a Roman Catholic organization

    * Support equality

    Choose one.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Yet another example of how Christianity continues to be less centered on following Jesus’ teachings to love all people, and more centered on hating the right people; less about practicing compassion and more about enforcing conformity; less about having a positive influence on society, and more about preserving their dwindling power over their dwindling followers.

    Mr. Moroski deserves a better employer. While it might be difficult for him to find another job at first, it’s very likely his new boss will be a better person than the Archdiocese, since that bar is set so low.

  • John_in_Vegas

    How many students now believe that defending their gay peers is a “poor judgement”? How many bullies were made stronger by the archdioces’s actions? How many gay students will be driven further into a state of hopelessness and despair? How many will take their own lives?

    The archdiocese is the biggest bully on campus. Why can’t we admit this? How can we expect our children to respect others when allow the adults to set this type of an example?

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    Wow, the guy works for an authoritarian/criminal organization and gets fired for speaking against its manifesto. Shocking.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      it’s a tough economy out there right now. a lot of people, esp teachers, are being demonized and unemployed by the right so the rich can have even more. sometimes you have to take the only job that is offered, even if it’s working for Evil.

      this was a brave thing to do and i’m pretty sure he knew the risks. i salute him and wish him the best of luck finding a new job and hope he does suffer during unemployment too much.

      • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

        The guy co-owns a coffee shop, just earned a Masters degree, and had a job at a Catholic institution since 2001 after growing up in the pedophile-industrial complex known as the Catholic Church. I don’t think he was someone trapped at a job because he had no options.

  • Ani J. Sharmin

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

    Basically, this. If the Church actually fired everyone who does things against their teaching, they’d have no employees left. So, they have to target something related to a minority group. Hopefully, though, as more and more people realize that there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality, the Church will have to change its position. Then, they’ll claim they were in the right all along, and that it was just a few not-true-Christians who were “misinterpreting” the Bible.

    • Claude

      Well it’s all the gays’ fault that priests raped children prompting an anti-Catholic assault on Holy Mother Church. If the gays weren’t so disordered then the Vatican wouldn’t have had to engage in conspiracy and obstruction of justice all these years. Don’t worry, though, the Church still loves the sinner, especially if he is a junkie pedophile cult leader who rakes in the contributions. All you secular materialist sponsors of the genocide against innocent unborn children persecute the Church at your peril; she will endure FOREVER!

  • SeekerLancer

    It’s the school’s loss and the continuation of a religion spiraling into insignificance.

  • LutherW

    “The only difficult thing for me now is the students.”

    Actually he has done a great service for the students. From the petitions, it seems like they are learning.

  • Ian Reide

    Adolf Hitler and fascist dictators OK. Gay marriage not OK.

  • TheG

    I know this is an increasingly common, but horrible, thought, but I actually support this guy being fired because we are seeing the social effects of this kind of hypocrisy and intolerance. Boy, it must suck to be this guy, but like tearing off a bandage quickly, society needs a fast and slightly painful period in history so that we can rid ourselves of a soiled protection that is no longer needed. The more intolerance and antiquated ideas and policies that are brought to light, the more motivated the good people out there are to reexamine and ultimately leave them behind their backward ideas.

  • Marko

    Of course they fired him. Obviously, he is a thought criminal.

  • Hsmom

    He knew what his contract said, and he signed a contract saying that he would uphold the tenets of his employer. He did not uphold the tenets of his employer and therefore he did not honor his contract. His employer does not have to continue his employment. Simple.

  • Gus Snarp

    There’s an update to this story: Mike Moroski will be running for Cincinnati City Council: http://www.wvxu.org/post/fired-assistant-principal-runs-cincinnati-council


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