Indiana high school fires teacher in same-sex marriage to stay in archdiocese

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jun 24, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — A private, Catholic high school in Indianapolis has fired a teacher in a same-sex marriage after Archbishop Charles Thompson of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis told the school they would forfeit their Christian identity if they didn't.

After 22 months of discussion with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Cathedral High School said it made the decision to follow the direct guidance of Thompson and "separate from the teacher," the school said in a letter on their website.

The school says if they did not fire the teacher, they would lose the "ability to celebrate the Sacraments as we have in the past 100 years with our students and community."

"Please know that we offer our prayers and love to this teacher, our students and faculty, our Archbishop, and all associated with Cathedral as we continue to educate our students in the Catholic Holy Cross tradition," the school said in the letter. "We ask that dialogue about this difficult situation be respectful of the dignity of every person and that you continue to pray for our Cathedral family and the wider Indianapolis community."

Last week, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School said the Archdiocese of Indianapolis would no longer recognize them because they would not fire a teacher also in a same-sex marriage.

You can read the full letter from the high school here.

This story was originally published by Andrew Smith on WRTV .