"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

More on Carla Hale vs the Diocese of Columbus.

Anthony Layne has a good post on the Carla Hale termination, titled Picking on Gay People.

It's a very fair post.  He sums it up this way:
The point I’m getting to, though, is that if it seems gay people get fired for such morals provision violations more than any other kind of sexual sinner, it’s because some gay people make it almost too easy for the Church to out them; a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy doesn’t help you if you’re all too willing to blab.

If you’re going to be a hypocrite, take a lesson from soldiers: To blend in with the background, you wear camouflage, not fluorescent colors. If your job depends on keeping a secret, don’t reveal it publicly and expect it to not get back.

Better yet — don’t be a hypocrite. Live by the contract you sign, morals provision and all, or get a job where you don’t have to sign such a contract.
Don't be a hypocrite - good advice.  I'll repeat mine:
  • To Catholics who identify as ssa or gay - and those who do not - be faithful to Church teaching, live chastely. Pray very much. Don't look for approval.

  • Be faithful and do good works, remaining hidden - not out of fear, but out of love for God.

  • However, if you insist on identifying as gay and wish to go public about it, and in some cases - if you happen to be ssa and/or share a house with someone of the same sex, do not seek employment from the Church, avoid involvement in Church groups, councils, committees, and so on - that is, if you want to avoid being kicked off or fired. 

  •  An inconvenient truth.

    I support the Diocese of Columbus.  There was a contract and there is Church teaching.  Though she is not Catholic, Ms. Hale was a teacher at a Catholic school and agreed to abide by that.  It's unfortunate it came to this.
    The Catholic Diocese of Columbus released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
    Personnel matters remain confidential by policy of the Diocese of Columbus and thus cannot be discussed in specific terms by diocesan staff, even cases that are working their way through grievance procedures and/or have gained significant publicity. However, what can be said in general terms is that all Catholic school personnel at the outset of their employment agree that they will abide by the rules, regulations, and policies of the Catholic Diocese, including respecting the moral values advanced by the teachings of Christ. The Catholic Church respects the fundamental dignity of all persons but also must insist that those in its employ respect the tenets of the Church. Personnel who choose to publicly espouse relationships or principles that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church cannot, ultimately, remain in the employ of the Church.
     “Personnel who choose to publicly espouse relationships or principles that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church cannot, ultimately, remain in the employ of the Church.” - CNA

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