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10 Reasons Why Lesbians Getting Fired From A Catholic School Shouldn't Be A Surprise

At Cor Jesu Academy, (an all girls Catholic school in St. Louis Missouri), two female faculty members were asked to resign after the school received a mortgage application with their names on it.

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This event isn't breaking news people. The Catholic Church has done this type of thing before. I'm not so sure why everyone is surprised that they got fired.

Let me start off by saying that I in no way support the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality, or their continued discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But are we really all that surprised that this happened? I'm not by any means supporting the termination of the two women, but with the history of the Catholic Church, does it really come as a shock? Here's some reasons why this event shouldn't come as a surprise.

1. The Church's stance on Homosexuality...

Did we not forget the Catholic Church's stance on this issue? says "Homosexual desires, however, are not in themselves sinful. People are subject to a wide variety of sinful desires over which they have little direct control, but these do not become sinful until a person acts upon them, either by acting out the desire or by encouraging the desire and deliberately engaging in fantasies about acting it out. People tempted by homosexual desires, like people tempted by improper heterosexual desires, are not sinning until they act upon those desires in some manner. "

2. Morality Clauses


Archdioceses across the US have made thousands of teachers in their Catholic Schools sign Morality Clauses which forbid certain actions and behaviors.

These actions and behaviors include: using birth control, in-vitro fertilization, improper use of social media/communication, public support of or publicly living together outside marriage, public support of or sexual activity out of wedlock, public support of or homosexual lifestyle, public support of or use of abortion, public support of or use of a surrogate mother, public support of or use of in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination, public membership in organizations whose mission and message are incompatible with Catholic doctrine or morals, and/or flagrant deceit or dishonesty.

If you do not want to adhere to these strict rules regarding these issues, do not sign the Morality Clause.

4. Christa Dias


Christa Dias was dismissed from her job after she requested maternity leave. Because Dias was not married, the archdiocese said that her dismissal was justified because she violated her contract by having a child out of wedlock and by becoming pregnant through artificial insemination. Interestingly, Dias is not Catholic. Read the whole story here.

5. Carla Hale


Carla Hale was fired from her job as a teacher after someone notified the diocese that she had included the name of her female domestic partner among survivors in her mother’s local newspaper obituary. The bishop said that she was let go because of her “quasi-spousal relationship,” which violates church teachings. Carla Hale is Methodist.

Read the whole story here.

7. The "Catholic Definition of Marriage"


The Catholic Church defines marriage as follows : "marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman, joined as husband and wife in an intimate partnership of life and love" said by a 47 bishop committee in a statement to urge a constitutional amendment to protect marriage. Read here.

8. LGBT Rights in Missouri


Chapter 213 Human Rights of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

Sexual Orientation is not protected under these laws. The following are protected under Missouri law: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age or disability. This basically means you can be fired from your job because you are gay, but you can not be fired because you are African-American.

9. Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

Direct from Chapter 213 of the Missouri Revised Statutes HERE:

"213.020. 1. There is hereby created a "Missouri Commission on Human Rights".

"2. The function of the commission shall be to encourage fair treatment for and to foster mutual understanding and respect among, and to discourage discrimination against, any racial, ethnic, religious or other group protected by this chapter, members of these groups or persons with disabilities. "

Notice how sexual orientation is not mentioned, and even though it says "other group", it also says "protected by this chapter" , sexual orientation is not protected by that chapter.

Basically, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights does not protect LGBT people. Just think about that for a minute.

Check out their website and see for yourself: Missouri Commission on Human Rights Website

10. Breach of Contract


Taken directly from this article "Firing of gay teachers at Cor Jesu draws outcry

"Reichert said she and her partner were asked to resign after the school said in late July it received a copy of a mortgage application with the couple’s names. The school said the couple had violated the moral contract faculty are required to sign as part of employment. The couple had married in New York over the summer."

Olivia Reichert and Christina Gambaro (the two women who were fired), violated a moral contract that they signed.

This entire story can be summarized in this simple sentence.

"Two women were fired because they broke a contract".

Now you may not agree with the terms of the contract, or the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality, but the Catholic Church has every right to their beliefs , and the terms they choose in include in their employment agreement.

If you do not like the terms of their contract, do not work for them.

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