Joan Cusack, Kevin Kline - 'In and Out'.
There is a document that we who work at a Catholic school sign called “Justice In Employment” in which we agree to not publicly act or speak against the Church or its teachings. - Kristen Ostendorf
Kristen Ostendorf came out publicly as a gay woman in a lesbian relationship and
Ed. Note: Dr. Hudson resigned, Ms. Ostendorf was terminated, some say 'forced to resign', others consider the act of coming out and proclaiming she was in a relationship with a woman, as an act of voluntary resignation. Be that as it may, the news report states it this way:
"She was asked to resign the next day. She didn’t, the school terminated her."
However, Ostendorf did indeed come out publicly - making an announcement to 120 fellow educators at a workshop is rather public:
Kristen Ostendorf unexpectedly came out to her colleagues at the 47–year-old Catholic school in Fridley on Aug. 21. “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy,” Ostendorf blurted out to a roomful of 120 fellow teachers at a workshop. She was asked to resign the next day. - Source
A couple of quick points.
I've watched the television interviews, read the print interviews, and read local commentary.
Ms. Ostendorf was simply being honest, yet sometimes, honesty is its own reward. She works for a Catholic institution, teaching in the field of religious education. Catholic parents, as well as Catholic authorities rightly demand and expect that students receive a solid education in the Catholic faith and moral teaching at Catholic schools. Oddly enough, they expect teachers at Catholic schools to be in compliance.
Ms. Ostendorf admitted in one interview that she could 'no longer do it' that she could no longer keep silent - that she could no longer live a lie. Her lifestyle, like it or not, is in direct opposition to Catholic moral teaching on sexuality. Even if she continued teaching, by her own implication, at some point she would have to acknowledge she didn't agree with Catholic teaching on homosexual behavior and marriage.
I get it. I do. I understand all of it. The fact is, I stood up in a room of 120 people and said, “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” Probably I’m never going to work in the Catholic Church again. That ship has probably sailed. I know what the rules are, and I know I broke them by speaking the eight words I shouldn’t have said. The next day, I told them I would not be resigning and they gave me what my lawyer says amounts to a letter of termination. - Kristen OstendorfStatistics appear to suggest that Catholics increasingly support same sex marriage and accept homosexual behavior, and if the 'polls' are correct, many would like to see the Church change her teaching on these issues. We are told young Catholics especially have changed in their attitudes on this subject. In an effort to better understand how and why these cultural shifts have come about so rapidly, I doubt it would be unreasonable to suggest a connection between Catholic education/educators and how young Catholics have been formed in faith and moral teaching in the last few decades.
"The kids who are gay in Catholic schools always concern me. I worry about what my silence for all these years has said," Kristen said. - Source
Yet elsewhere Ms. Ostendorf stated:
I said to them (those at the meeting where she 'outed' herself), “Most of you know I’m gay."
All I can say is that the damage appears to have been done - to the students, I mean.