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Supporters of lesbian teacher may boycott diocesan fund drive

May 02, 2013

Supporters of a lesbian schoolteacher who was dismissed from her post at an Ohio Catholic school have threatened to organize a boycott of an annual appeal from the Diocese of Columbus.

Backers of Carla Hale, who was a physical-education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, are pressing Bishop Frederick Campbell of Columbus to reinstate her. The bishop has said that Hale’s “quasi-spousal relationship” was a violation of the terms of her employment as a Catholic-school teacher.

In a report publicizing the plans to boycott the bishop’s annual appeal, the Columbus Dispatch notes that last year the collection drew support from 24,000 households. The newspaper quotes two people who plan to boycott the collection this year—including one who had already stopped contributing before the Hale controversy arose.


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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - May. 03, 2013 6:56 AM ET USA

    A Catholic who is appointed to teach in a Catholic school is expected to conform to the teaching of the Church, and refrain from any activity that openly contradicts that teaching. This rule applies also to any non-Catholic teacher in a Catholic school. We cannot have a situation in which a teacher supports the Church while teaching in class, but opposes the Church outside the school. That is hypocrisy, and Ms Hale was quite rightly dismissed by Bishop Campbell.

  • Posted by: unum - May. 02, 2013 6:27 PM ET USA

    A the boycott is a good reason for others to increase their contributions. The diocese, in fact the Church, can do better work without CINO contributions.