Thursday, September 4, 2014

Another purge

Here we go again.  This time, two teachers in St Louis, who kept their relationship private, married and applied for a mortgage.  Their employer, the Cor Jesu high school, was sent the mortgage application and now the two teachers are jobless.  So much for buying a house together. 
Reichert said she and 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.....
In a Facebook post, Gambaro wrote that although alumnae support for her and her wife had been overwhelming, “the law is not on our side, nor is the church, so we have no ground to stand on.”
So do we conclude that none of the other teachers at Cor Jesu use birth control, or have sex out of marriage, or have remarried following divorce?  My, they are a pure bunch.
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. 
Gambaro and Reichert, for their part, said they hoped their terminations would “guide the Catholic school system towards greater tolerance and acknowledgment of LGBTQ issues.” 
“We are both grateful for the time we had at Cor Jesu Academy,” Gambaro and Reichert wrote to the Post-Dispatch. We “will cherish the memories and experiences created with students, athletes, and colleagues over the years.” 
Our previous coverage of Roman Catholic purges of gay employees here.


Brother David said...

Why would the finacial institution send their employer the loan application? Is that common in the USA?

JCF said...

[To verify income, yes: common.]

{Best Ron Popeil voice} But wait, there's more!

IT said...

All within their rights, sadly.

Primrose: commentary at Gay Married Californian.

dr.primrose said...

There's a movie now out based on this theme -- a teacher at a Roman Catholic school, whom everyone knows is gay and has been partnered for decades, is fired once he and his partner get married.

It's "Love is Strange" starring Albert Molina and John Lithgow, both great actors. It's a touching and moving (and well-shot) film that deals mostly with the relationship.

I saw it this past week and liked it a lot.

JCF said...

Here's an especially lovely {snark} one:

"Married Gay Couple Denied Communion; Catholic Priest Says They Must Divorce" (be sure to note the ages of the men in the couple)