Comply? Defy? Catholic Schools Navigate LGBTQ Issues

Comply? Defy? Catholic Schools Navigate LGBTQ Issues
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In June, just as many cities around the globe were preparing for the annual celebrations of gay pride, an Indiana Catholic school fired one of its teachers because he was  in a same-sex marriage.

In a letter to the school community, the chairman and president of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, said the decision, made at the behest of the local archdiocese, took 22 months to make and was "agonizing." But, he said, "continued employment of a teacher in a public, same-sex marriage would result in our forfeiting our Catholic identity."

But remarkably, another school in the same diocese had made the opposite decision in similar circumstances, just three days earlier. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, also in Indianapolis and just 10 miles away, was asked by the archdiocese to let go of a teacher in a same-sex marriage, but Brebeuf refused and severed its relationship with the archdiocese. 

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