Catholic School Teacher in Italy Loses Job Because of Lesbian Rumors

The disturbing trend of firing Catholic school teachers because of LGBT issues has moved overseas, and the reason for firing has become even weaker than usual, compared to the cases here in the United States. In Italy, a state-funded school, L’Istituto…

Catholicism, Employment, & LGBT Issues

Employees of Catholic Institutions Who Have Been Fired, Forced to Resign, Had Offers Rescinded, or Had Their Jobs Threatened Because of LGBT Issues (Includes Dioceses with New Restrictive Contract Clauses, Positive Responses, Updates on Legal Cases, and Resources)  (updated November 4, 2016)  Compiled by…

Gay Teacher Fired from Catholic Prep School for Applying for Marriage License

A teacher at a Catholic prep school in Pennsylvania has been fired from his position of twelve years on the same day that he and his partner applied for a marriage license. Michael Griffin, who taught French and Spanish at…

On Labor Day, Let’s Remember LGBT People Fired from Catholic Institutions

Today is Labor Day in the United States, a time when we stop to celebrate the gifts of all workers in our society.  Labor Day always happens on the first Monday in September, right in the middle of  back-to-school season.…

Another Catholic H.S. Fires a Gay Teacher for Marrying His Partner

After the news of the week that Pope Francis seems to be more open to respecting gay priests than his predecessor, it was hard to take in the news that yet another Catholic high school teacher was fired from his…

Resignation of Gay President from Catholic H.S. Highlights Dilemma

The president of a prominent Catholic high school in Minnesota has resigned because of his committed  same-gender relationship, in a non-adversarial and yet negative moment for Catholic education. Board members Mark Motzel and Mary Wilcox wrote a letter to the Totino-Grace…

NEWS NOTES: June 10, 2013

Here are some items that you might find of interest: 1) WitsVuvuzela.com reports on Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s outreach to the LGBT community in Braamfontein, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Father Russell Pollitt, pastor, commented:  “I think the problem with religion is…

Administrator Says He Wasn’t Hired Because Catholic Schools Thought He Is Gay

A case of “he said/they said” is brewing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, this week, as a Catholic layman who was hired to be the president of a small Catholic schools system, said that his job offer was rescinded because it…

Parish Closure of LGBT Ministry Reminds Us of the Holy Week Journey

It’s Holy Week, so as Catholics we are likely meditating frequently on two different ideas: 1) humanity’s propensity to crush God’s offer of abundant love; 2) the fact that suffering can be redemptive. The news of this week so far is…

Detroit Archbishop: Breaking Up Gay Relationships Is Like Moses Leading Hebrews Out of Egypt

Catholics protested a Michigan conference highlighting gay-negative views, including Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s suggestion that breaking up same-gender relationships is comparable to Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt.…