Latest Church Worker Firing in Indianapolis Shows Need for Active Lay Leadership in Church

The spate of firings in Indianapolis is a moment for Catholic laypeople to exercise their ecclesial and moral authority to denounce the unjust discrimination against LGBTQ church employees. Read More

In Indianapolis, Catholic School Students Protest Spate of Church Worker Firings

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. Read More

Indianapolis Catholic H.S. Fires Third Employee Due to LGBTQ Issues

A third employee at a Catholic high school in Indianapolis has claimed they were fired in an LGBTQ-related dispute, just as the high school faces a new lawsuit from another terminated employee claiming discrimination. Read More

Gay Music Minister Forced to Resign Over “Questionable” Relationship

News has broken of another LGBTQ-related employment dispute, this time involving a gay music minister in Georgia. Read More

Bishops Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Allow Employers to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Workers

Key bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have released a statement commenting on three cases which involved LGBTQ civil rights that the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for last week.  Read More

On National Coming Out Day, A Transgender Teacher’s Story of Being Authentic in Catholic Education

A transgender educator in Malta has called her experience teaching at a Catholic school "amazing," which seems to be due in large part to their decision to come out from the very beginning. Read More

Catholics Central in LGBTQ, Religious Liberty Cases Before U.S. Supreme Court This Term

Are LGBTQ people protected from discrimination under federal law or not? This question is central to three LGBTQ-focused cases that U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for today. While none of these cases directly involve Catholic plaintiffs or defendants, Catholics remain central to important cases involving LGBTQ issues and religious liberty that the Court will consider this term. Read More

Trump Administration Backs Archdiocese That Forced Catholic School to Fire Gay Employee

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. Read More

Gay Educator Resigns from Catholic School Because He “Can No Longer Live a Lie”

"What’s the Catholic church teaching us about love?" That’s the title question of a recent article which features the story of Brendan, a gay Australian educator who recently resigned from a Catholic school administrative position after 22 years of service. Read More

Betsy DeVos’ Visit to Catholic School Highlights Diocesan Ban on Transgender Students, Staff

A visit by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to a Catholic school has highlighted diocesan policies to which that school adheres which ban transgender students and employees who receive gender confirming surgery or related healthcare. Read More