“Schools describing themselves as Catholic take on the responsibility of teaching and witnessing the Catholic faith in a manner true to Catholic belief. There’s nothing complicated or controversial in this. It’s a simple matter of honesty.
I’m very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Mercy and to the principal and board members of Waldron Mercy for taking the steps to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented in a way fully in accord with the teaching of the Church. They’ve shown character and common sense at a moment when both seem to be uncommon.”
+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
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Another voice on the matter:
I have composed a response to the good Archbishops statement using quotes from Pope Francis:
“Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God. If one has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” Sincerely Pope Francis
I disagree. We need to stop discriminating against our gay brothers and sisters; it is extremely cruel and un-Christian.
Thanks, James. I think I read that the principal actually was informed by Margie when she was hired. So why did it take so long for this to become an issue? What did the two families that complained threaten? I would love to hear the trustees’ and Sisters’ of Mercy discussions about this. I also think that even if Margie is offered the job again, she should decline. I am sure there are
many parents at the school who are happy she was fired as there are those who stand with her.
Even though I oppose gay marriage, I hope the teacher is rehired. Jesus said “Hate the sin, not the sinner”.
Regarding “common sense” if I’ve read the press reports correctly this lady was employed by the school for seven years and early on made know to the Principal her married situation. Common sense would have been to not renew the lady’s contract the first time it expired. No explanation necessary. No press, no firing.