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One Indiana school refuses to fire gay teacher for Catholic status, another fires
2019-06-26

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The Archbishop of Indianapolis asked a Jesuit school to fire a teacher who is in a same-sex marriage—but it refused to do so, CNN.com reported.

And because of the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School's defiance, Archbishop Charles Thompson has decreed that the Indianapolis institution will no longer be recognized or identified as a Catholic institution within the archdiocese.

The Catholic catechism teaches that "[same-sex] acts are intrinsically disordered" but also that LGBT people "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided."

"What the leaders of Brebeuf and the Midwest Jesuit Province did is exactly what our Catholic faith teaches," said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, a national pro-LGBT Catholic group. "They honored the dignity and human rights of the teacher, as we expect they would for any member of the school community. We applaud their integrity and bravery."

However, another Indianapolis school has gone a different route and fired another teacher who is in a same-sex marriage, The Indianapolis Star reported. Cathedral High School, announced it is terminating a gay teacher in order to avoid a split with the archdiocese.

The CNN article is at www.cnn.com/2019/06/20/us/jesuit-school-indiana-gay-teacher/index.html. The Star piece is at www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2019/06/23/cathedral-high-school-indianapolis-archdiocese-fires-gay-teacher/1543384001/ .


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