Sometimes you read an article on the internet and think it has to be satire. Then you realize it’s real and a wave of negative emotion hits you. That’s what happened to me when I read how a teacher was fired by her Catholic school for becoming pregnant.
Naiad Reich teaches at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Pennsylvania. Reich and her boyfriend Matt Grabowski are expecting their first child this summer. According to Reich, she told her principal that she was pregnant and the principal told Reich that she needed to become married immediately or she would be fired.
Reich told WNEP: “If there’s no eventual plan in the near future to get married, it was either that or I had to be let go.”
Reich also said: “It was very apparent that she was not happy with the circumstances. Of course, her problem was Catholic morals.”
Reich and her partner were unhappy that the school forced them to get married. They wanted to do it on their own terms. A spokesperson from the school said:
“The Diocese of Harrisburg is unable to comment on personnel matters. However, as outlined in our policies, every professional employee agrees to follow the teachings, doctrine, and laws of the Catholic Church as part of the hiring process.”
Reich is uncertain if she wants to fight the school or move on with her life. Regardless of what she does, this is just such an outrageous series of events. I’m not a legal scholar, but I’m guessing the school could probably get away with this since it’s a private institution. However, I think this is beyond legality. It’s basic hypocrisy.
Catholics are all about being “pro-life” when they fight against abortion. But then when someone in their school system actually has a child, they take the job away from the woman! What if that was her sole income? Taking away financial support from a new child certainly isn’t any type of “pro-life” that makes sense to me.