Can a Catholic school insist on Catholic teaching?

Bishop Frederick Campbell defended the firing of a lesbian teacher at a Catholic high school, which we discussed earlier.  The city of Columbus, Ohio, has an anti-discrimination ordinance, which states that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, and the teacher has filed an official complaint against the diocese.

However, the teacher had signed an employment contract with the high school, which clearly stated that she could be fired for immoral behavior, or violating Church teachings.  Her “spousal” relationship with her partner came into public view when an obituary notice for her mother noted her as the daughter and the partner as a spouse.

It will take several months for the city’s Community Relations Commission to complete its work, and possibly forward the matter for action to the city prosecutor.


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