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Employees of Catholic Institutions Who Have Been Fired, Forced to Resign, Had Offers Rescinded, or Had Their Jobs Threatened Because of LGBT Issues (Includes Dioceses with New Restrictive Contract Clauses, Positive Responses, Updates on Legal Cases, and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 May 24, 2017)  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…

LGBT Employees Must Be Protected at Catholic Institutions

Regular readers of Bondings 2.0 know the shameful trend of LGBT employees at Catholic schools and parishes being terminated for their sexual orientation, gender identity, and support for marriage equality.  Less known are the ways that Catholics are taking action against…

Fired Minnesota Teacher Speaks Out on the Danger of Silence

“I don’t feel like telling the truth should cost me my job.” Those are the words of Kristen Ostendorf, reacting to being fired from a Minnesota Catholic high school after she publicly revealed that she was a lesbian and involved…

NEWS NOTES: September 10, 2013

Here are some items that you may find of interest: 1) William Hudson, who resigned his position at Totino-Grace High School, a Minneapolis Catholic school, because of his committed relationship with another man, has found a new job, reports Minnesota.cbs.local.com.  Hudson,…

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: Baptisms, Hermits, Movie, and Protests

Here are some items that you might find of interest: 1)  At an ordination in Rome, Pope Francis told 19 priests “With baptism, you unite the new faithful to the People of God. It is never necessary to refuse baptism to someone…