A Catholic girls school has fired two teachers after being tipped off that they were a lesbian couple.
[Olivia] Reichert said she and [Christina] Gambaro 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 couple had married in New York over the summer and the school said they had violated the moral contract faculty are required to sign as part of employment.
Note that these teachers were not publicizing the fact that they were lesbians. Some busybody had sent the school authorities the mortgage document. The firings have caused anger among students and alumnae of the school.
The termination of two lesbian faculty members at Cor Jesu Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, has prompted an outcry from alumnae who have vowed to withhold donations to the school.
In the last several weeks, alumnae have created a private Facebook group with more than 2,000 members in support of the couple.
In response, the Chargers Allies, another Facebook group with more than 200 members, was created as “a safe space where both members of the LGBTQ community and those who support them can connect and hopefully find a way to create change at Cor Jesu Academy.”
Chargers Allies member Coco Fernandez, 22, an alumna of the school who now lives in Chicago, said she wants all who work and attend Cor Jesu to “feel welcomed and accepted as who they are, regardless of sexual orientation.”
Fernandez also said Reichert had been one of her favorite teachers at the school.
“She was a great role model for the girls. She was always kind,” Fernandez said.
“We are being taught to be open and accepting of everybody, and yet teachers are being fired because of their sexual orientation,” Fernandez said when speaking about her education at Cor Jesu.
The Catholic church must realize that this is a public relations nightmare for them and that young people in particular are not buying their ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ two-step.
According to a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, a growing number of Catholics support same-sex marriage. The 2013 poll, which surveyed close to 500 Catholics, found that 54 percent of Catholic voters support same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it.
Just as surely as conservative politicians in the US are trying to find ways to slowly shift their position on this issue, so must the church. It is already a loser for them and it is going to get steadily worse.