Thursday, September 11, 2014

Note to LBGT Community: Don’t Apply to Catholic Schools

Marian High School
I have a message for the LBGT community: I love you.  You are a child of God. But because I love you, I want you to avoid making your life miserable.  Therefore, if you are looking for a teaching job, don’t apply at a Catholic school. 
Catholic Schools have morality clauses not in sync with a LBGT lifestyle.  But you already knew that.  Barb Webb of Bloomfield Hills, MI knew that too when she applied to work at the all-girls Marian High School.  She was a chemistry teacher and coach.  She was also a lesbian in a same-sex marriage. When Barb recently told the school about her “nontraditional pregnancy,” they fired her.
It is sad that Barb lost her “dream job” but I am weary of protestors—especially fellow Catholics—making Barb and others like her out to be martyrs.  Here are points to keep in mind to avoid this kind of martyrdom in the future.
The Catholic Church is not run by mob rule. We don’t vote and no one asks us our opinions.  Teachings come down from on high and don’t change.  (Customs can though.)  We teach consistently and don’t sway with the wind.

"Nice" and "moral" are not synonymous words. Just because someone is nice, doesn’t mean they get to trample over 2,000 years of Catholic teaching. Barb may be likeable but that does not trump Catholic doctrine.
Opinion polls mean nothing. Just as the Church does not ask for opinions, (at least not on teachings) neither does it flinch over the latest trends. Since the founding of this country until just a few years ago, the majority of Americans were against same-sex marriage.  No one expected Catholics to dump their teachings back then and they aren’t going to do it now.  The right to religious freedom should extend to the inside of Catholic schools.
It would be hypocritical of a Catholic school to ignore Catholic teaching.  No one should respect a school that does not practice what it preaches or totally ignores the Catholic teachings it is suppose to represent.
Don’t expect a religious organization to honor your lifestyle. If you don’t agree with the Church, don’t apply at a Catholic school. Signing your name to a morality clause you have no intention of honoring is dishonest, aka lying.  Apply elsewhere.
Stop Throwing around the terms “Human Rights” and “Social Justice” The Catholics did not just make up their teaching on sexuality.  If you want to protest justice and human rights, take it all the way to the top and ask God why only a man and woman’s body fits together and can create another human being.  
Points for Parents:

Don’t send your children to a Catholic school and then protest Catholic teaching. You are training your children to reject the Church. Millstones make heavy bling around your neck.  “If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matt 18:6).
Photo by Detroit Free Press
Jesus and his Church are one. When St. Paul persecuted the Church and was struck from his horse, Jesus asked him: “Why do you persecute me?” Reject Church teaching and you reject Jesus.
Save Your Money It's cheaper to be a bad Catholic at the public school than to pay Catholic school tuition.
Liking Facebook pages and talking to the news media against the Church’s teaching is a bad idea.  Your children are watching you.  Jesus is on Facebook and he watches the news too. 
I am baffled (not really) by all the negative response over Barb’s firing.  This is what the morality clause said. That teachers, "will not publicly engage in actions, or endorse actions or beliefs contrary to the teachings and standards of the Roman Catholic faith and morality.” 
So? It is silly that people want to deny religious freedom to a religious school.  There is no surprise here, but there is propaganda and rebellion.  Other Catholic schools have also been hit with discrimination lawsuits over the firing of teachers practicing a homosexual lifestyle.  Some people are just itching for a fight.
When Barb announced her firing, she called on people to protest in a big way.  Oh, that reminds me, I forgot that one for my list: Protests do not change Catholic teaching.  Just ask Martin Luther.
               Please protestors, leave the Catholic schools alone. It’s not fair to bully Catholics because they won’t teach something different than they have taught for over 2,000 years.  I would not go to a restaurant and complain about what was on the menu.  I would not enter a Moslem Mosque and complain about…well, I would not complain about anything there. Their church, their rules. 
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