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Catholic schools in Indianapolis have excluded student-athletes at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School from participating in a joint competition, a decision made following the archbishop’s decree removing the school’s Catholic designation because administrator’s refused to discriminate against an LGBTQ employee.
The leaders of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis have taken a courageous step by standing by their teacher who is involved in a civil same-gender marriage.
A high school that lost its Catholic designation for refusing to terminate an LGBTQ employee at the archbishop’s request is appealing that decision before the Vatican. Meanwhile, the archbishop has barred the school from holding school-wide Masses.
A Jesuit high school has been barred from calling itself “Catholic” after refusing the local archbishop’s demand to fire an employee in a same-gender marriage.
Today’s post includes three updates out of Indianapolis regarding church employment disputes. First, the Trump administration has stated its support for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which is being sued by an employee fired from a Catholic school because of their same-gender marriage. Second, a canon lawyer has said the Vatican’s lifting of ecclesiastical suspensions against Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is “exceptional.” Third, Shelly Fitzgerald participated in a Democratic presidential debate.
Three separate parties, including the Trump administration, have filed friend-of-the court briefs with Indiana’s highest court, arguing that a lawsuit against a local archdiocese which fired a gay Catholic high school teacher should be dismissed on religious liberty grounds.
An Indiana judge has allowed a fired gay teacher’s lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to proceed by calling into question the Archdiocese’s authority over employment decisions in its Catholic schools.
Here are the top ten BEST Catholic LGBTQ news events of the past year. As you will see, there has been a lot to celebrate these past 12 months!
After their teacher was fired for being married to another woman, students at a Catholic school in Indianapolis formed a group to respond and push for a more inclusive church. Shelly Fitzgerald, a co-director of guidance at Roncalli High School, was “abruptly given an ultimatum and required to choose between her job as codirector of guidance or her same-sex marriage,” as reported by a new article in U.S. Catholic.