The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has severed ties with one of its high schools after the principal refused to fire a teacher because he was gay. The school, which receives no funds from the Catholic church, acknowledged their disappointment in the church’s ruling but stated that they will not change their minds about firing the teacher.
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The ruling handed down to Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indiana indicated that the school was not “supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.” The independently operated school was informed two years ago not to hire teachers whose “marital status does not conform to church doctrine,” The Washington Post reported.
The archdiocese’s statement continued, stating that all their employees, including teachers, guidance counselors and other staff members have a responsibility to “convey and be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.”
“Regrettably, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has freely chosen not to enter into such agreements that protect the important ministry of communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students,” the archdiocese’s statement read. “Therefore, Brebeuf … will no longer be recognized as a Catholic institution by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.”
The Catholic church has been open about its fundamental disagreement with gay marriage, which has drawn the ire of many LGBTQ community members. In response to the ruling, the leaders of Brebeuf Jesuit posted a letter on their website where they stated the unnamed homosexual teacher was “a valued employee” who did not teach religion.
In addition, Brebeuf Jesuit’s administrators argued that the archdiocese should not be involved in personal school matters, which they cited as “unprecedented.”
According to the Huffington Post, the school became aware of the potential issue after “one of its teachers entered into a civil marriage with a person of the same sex.”
As of Friday, the school will no longer be listed in the archdiocese’s Catholic school directory.
Brebeuf Jesuit may no longer be recognized as a Catholic school, but administrators say the ruling will not change their day-to-day operations. In a lettered response, the school stated the archdiocese “may choose to no longer attend or participate in the school’s Masses and formal functions, Brebeuf Jesuit is, and will always be, a Catholic Jesuit school.”
We are saddened by today’s news, but we are so grateful for the ongoing support of our community. We are, and always will be, an independent, Catholic, Jesuit school. #BeBrave pic.twitter.com/xCKQKEG86u
— Brebeuf Jesuit (@BrebeufJesuit) June 20, 2019