Indiana Catholic school yields to pressure and sacks gay teacher

Indiana Catholic school yields to pressure and sacks gay teacher June 26, 2019

INDIANA’S Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School made global headlines last week when it refused an order from the Indianapolis archdiocese to fire a gay teacher – and the price it paid for its disobedience was to be declared ‘no longer Catholic’.

Image via YouTube

But a neighbouring school in northeast Indianapolis which also found itself at odds with the archdiocese – headed by Archbishop Charles Thompson, above – this week caved in and sacked a gay teacher to avoid a similar fate.

Cathedral High School’s board of directors’ said in a Sunday letter that they were offering “prayers and love” to the fired teacher who is married, students, the school’s faculty and Thompson – and they hoped the gay teacher’s termination won’t “dishearten” students.

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. We want you to know that we respect an individual’s conflict between teaching and their conscience.

The directors explained that, had they retained the teacher, the school it would lose its non-profit status, its diocesan priests and its ability to offer the Eucharist, a central Christian rite, among other consequences.

We are committed to educating our students in the tenets of the Catholic faith with an emphasis on the Holy Cross tradition. 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.

Cathedral High School says it had been in dialogue with Thompson for the past 22 months before coming to its “agonising decision.”

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis founded Cathedral High School in 1918. At the time, the archdiocese asked the Brothers of Holy Cross, a Catholic religious order, to serve as faculty at the school. The school is still affiliated with the Brothers of Holy Cross.

The Huffpost reports points out:

While official Catholic doctrine denounces same-sex marriage, the church also has a robust theology regarding conscience and an individual’s ability to discern between good and evil. Following their own consciences on the matter, a significant number of American Catholics have become more accepting of same-sex marriages, according to a 2017 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Younger Catholics are especially likely to be supportive ― 80% of white Catholics and 77% of Hispanic Catholics between the ages of 18 and 29 favor allowing lesbian and gay couples to legally marry.

Thompson whittering on about Jesus. Image via YouTube

Archbishop Thompson came in for a great deal of criticism after the Brebeuf debacle; so much so that the ultra-right wing LifeSiteNews launched a petition calling on people to support him. It claimed last Friday that:

The Archbishop is now facing intense pushback from pro-homosexual activists.

LSN states that:

Our petition supports the Archbishop in making this difficult decision to officially revoke the school’s Catholic identity.

A school that betrays Catholic parents who send their children to a Catholic school to be educated in the Catholic faith and that also defies the Archbishop’s legitimate authority in this matter should not be allowed to call itself a Catholic school. 

Being Jesuits doesn’t somehow make them any less subject to Catholic teaching and Church authority.

If ‘Catholic’ is to mean anything at all, it must mean an adherence to Church teaching on core issues, like marriage.

It also must mean that teachers of children at a Catholic school must live out a Catholic understanding of marriage and family – both in their professional and private lives …

If the school administration refuses to adhere to authentic Catholic teaching, then the school administrators themselves are responsible for separating themselves from their own Catholic identity.

Please SUPPORT Archbishop Thompson who has acted boldly to defend the faith in his archdiocese by not allowing a school to deceive parents into thinking they are sending their children to a ‘Catholic’ school when that school refuses to follow Catholic teaching on marriage as between one man and one woman. 

To date, 4,826 people have signed it. Hardly a ringing endorsement of his action, eh?

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  • Broga

    ” they were offering “prayers and love” to the fired teacher .”

    Not satisfied with sacking him they insult him as they kick him through the door. The big advantage of “prayers and love” is that they are free. Not much love as they made him unemployed.

    The dresses are colourful, a touch over the top perhaps, and look expensive and suggest the antithesis of everything the wearers claim to revere in their religion. The blessedness of poverty; the virtue of humility, forgiveness, the subordination of women. And yet the priests wear frocks.

  • Michael Neville

    …they hoped the gay teacher’s termination won’t “dishearten” students.

    Statistically there are gay students at Cathedral High School. They’ve seen the school administration acquiesce to church ordered bigotry. A teacher was punished for doing something both legal and moral. The Catholic Church pretends to be loving and moral. Their homophobia is just another example of how this pretense is a lie.

  • Broga

    I suppose it wasn’t meant as a joke? No, this is yet another example of how far these posturing hypocrites have departed from reality.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    The directors explained that, had they retained the teacher, the school it would lose its non-profit status

    That is the difference between this school and the Brebeuf school last week – Brebeuf didn’t lose anything except the right to call themselves “Catholic”.

    Cathedral HS stands to lose its tax breaks.

    It’s easier to stand by your principles if you save money by doing so.

  • Barry Duke

    When I posted that image, Broga, it struck me as odd that they saw the need to put purple hangings on their favourite instrument of torture. What I missed was the purple clad dildo behind the archbish.

  • Broga

    I missed that, Barry. Invites lots of speculation.

  • Connie Beane

    I’m just curious as to why an openly gay, obviously non-celibate (i.e., in a valid marriage) man would even consider applying to teach at a school dominated by a religious group that considers him a pariah?

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Their brand, their rules. Let the Catholic church burn bridges with the youngest generation of members. Meanwhile, their crackdown puts to the lie the ridiculous claim that child sex abuse is the fault of a few rogue homosexuals, after seeing how they deal with actual LGBT personnel in their ranks.

  • diannkirby

    These hypocrites felt the need to punish an openly gay teacher for not practicing the ‘Catholic’ faith but were all to eager to give a pass to Catholic Priests who molested and raped innocent kids and fathered children. Is that part of the Catholic faith ????

  • Zetopan

    But where would religion be if the religionists were not allowed to be bigoted jackasses? Think of the children!

  • Zetopan

    You already know that answer to that by their continued support of the perps.

  • John_St_John

    And not just any shade of purple, but royal purple. A color that was reserved specifically for the Catholic Church and Royalty. During the Dark Ages any commoner caught wearing colors reserved for royalty and the clergy could find themselves facing imprisonment, torture and even death.

  • Duane Locsin

    Why are people still dragging Religion kicking and screaming into the future?

    Do you really need to work for or participate in a Religion that cannot be more explicit in how much it hates and considers what you are wrong, as they have said it and so it has been written in their Bible?

    -gays are sinners (and ought to be put to death during the bronze ages)
    -woman – are subservient to men, have no control over their bodies

    I hope with a Progressive to be President and more Progressives in Congress, there will be funding explicitly only for public schools, making them more numerous and to give more opportunities for jobs without having to go through this working for a Religious school.

    -Free public College tuition will be fantastic as it will also allow more teachers and students to work and study without the prejudice.

    Why would anyone want to work or study in a religious school, lest you are religious, when there is a bigger demand for public colleges?

  • Duane Locsin

    This is the Religion and Catholicism being Catholic.

    We all know this. Religion changes or dies and as we see the rise in the next generation of ‘Nones’ it is clear Religion cannot change (or change fast enough)

    I know this as I was raised Catholic and went to several Catholic/Christian schools before high school and eventually became Atheist.

    More effort and resources ought to be put into expanding secular institutions, Free public colleges, and programs so Science, lgbt and female teachers who don’t want government/church controlling their bodies have better opportunities elsewhere.

  • kerryberger

    What do you expect from Indiana? It is sad how bigoted the parents of children are at this school. Worse yet, the RCC has a History of seeking scapegoats to divide and remove what it sees as bad influences from society just like the Spanish Inquisition. I have no room for bigots and religious institutions that promote and bigotry.

  • Jeb Barrett

    The RCC head-in -the-sand, pre-scientific dogma and doctrine are but a self-serving, primitive claim to authority and power that only works if people surrender to it. Saving souls through baptismal magic, forgiving sins and pretending to turn bread and wine into flesh and blood are but a few of the controlling claims to power we should all reject. Our birthright is an inner wisdom, goodness and conscience from which they only want to distract us. However, our truth can set us free. The choice is ours!