Monday, June 11, 2012

Teacher Asked to Resign from Catholic School for Disagreeing on Gay Marriage

A presumably heterosexual 5th grade teacher was forced to resign from St. Joseph's Catholic School in Moorehead, MN, because she disagreed with the Catholic Church's stance against gay and lesbian marriages and families, according to INFORUM. Trish Cameron was given a questionnaire by school officials during the time of her contract renegotiation. She indicated that she disagreed with the Catholic Church on the subject of marriage equality. In response, she was asked to resign:
“I do not agree w/ all Church teachings on a personal level but I do not bring my own opinions into our religion classes. We tend to focus on respect and love for one another and living out our call as servants whenever a ‘political’ topic crops (which it rarely, if ever, does).”

After a later discussion with school administration, Cameron said in the letter that she told them she did not agree with the church’s stance against gay marriage. Because of her dissent, she was asked to write a brief letter of resignation.

Families and staff also received a letter signed by Principal Toby Bierl and Superintendent and church Monsignor Mike Foltz. That letter stated that because of “an unfortunate circumstance” and the school’s “fiduciary responsibility” as a “Catholic-Christian school,” Cameron was asked to resign.

In the letter, the school officials credited Cameron with being instrumental in developing St. Joseph’s drama club and for “her love of teaching and her kind and giving heart.” The situation “leaves the school with an air of sadness,” the letter stated.
Religious schools like St. Joseph's Catholic School have had their right to expel GLBT students and the students of GLBT parents affirmed by the courts over and over for years. They have also had the ability for years to fire GLBT teachers and staff with impunity. Now others are being fired for not towing the official line.

1 comment:

Katy Anders said...

I used to know the Catholic Church's stance on what teachers can be held to so far as teachings of the Church.

Not all schools are strict about it anymore, but... there's a document they used to sign regarding how they'd live their lives and their support of Church.

Gay marriage is quickly competing with abortion for the litmus test for what makes a Catholic, it seems. The difference is, of course, that the Church isn't going to try to backtrack on abortion in a few years.