Cathedral High School Fires Gay TeacherPosted on: June 25, 2019, by : Jeff Turner
Cathedral High School’s Board of Directors is under fire after the firing of a gay teacher in a same-sex marriage in order to remain in the Indianapolis Archdiocese. The move comes just days after Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was removed from the Archdiocese for refusing to fire a teacher in a married same-sex relationship.
In an open letter, the school explained why they fired the teacher. “Archbishop Thompson made it clear that Cathedral’s continued employment of a teacher in a public same-sex marriage would result in our forfeiting Catholic identity due to our employment of an individual living in contradiction to Catholic teaching on marriage,” the letter read, in part. It went on to say, should the school were removed from the Archdiocese, “we could no longer refer to Cathedral as a Catholic School, our diocesan priests would no longer be permitted to serve on our Board of Directors, and we would lose our affiliation with the Brothers of the Holy Cross.” The school would also lose its tax-exempt status and no longer be able to function as a nonprofit school, the letter went on to explain.
As for how the situation faced by the High School differed from the one faced by Brebeuf, the letter stated “Brebeuf is sponsored by the Jesuits, while Cathedral is merely affiliated with The Brothers of the Holy Cross. Because Brebeuf is a specific ministry of the Jesuits, their canonical and nonprofit status is different than ours.”
According to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis “whether they (teachers) teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic teaching.”
However, as many have pointed out, it appears that the LGBTQ community has been singled out by Archbishop Thompson, as other Catholics are not being called out for using birth control or divorcing and remarrying without getting an annulment, all of which, according to the Archdiocese statement, would disqualify an individual from a staff or faculty position at a Catholic institution. And a great many Hoosiers are angry.
“So I don’t feel that discrimination is right even under religious pretenses,” said one Indianapolis resident, who asked to remain anonymous. “That being said, as a private organization they can make their own decisions even if they are bigoted. It’s a bit of a complicated issue in some respects… (But) It’s not my job to police your mortality.” He went on to say: “You can either take a stand and do the right thing and make a humane ethical decision or you can hide behind outdated modalities and what not.”
A petition has been started on change.org protesting the firing of the currently unidentified Cathedral teacher. As of this writing it has already reached over eight thousand signatures.