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Philadelphia Catholic school dismisses teacher over same-sex wedding

Catholic World News - December 09, 2013

The principal of an all-male Catholic high school in Philadelphia dismissed a teacher who announced he was applying for a same-sex marriage license, according to local and national media reports.

“Teacher Michael Griffin made clear that he intends to obtain a license to marry his same-sex partner,” said Father James McCloskey, the president of Holy Ghost Preparatory School, which is administered by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (Spiritans). “Unfortunately, this decision contradicts the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings of the Church as a condition of their employment.”

The teacher said he was shocked by the decision because it was widely known at the school that he had a same-sex partner with whom he had entered a civil union in 2008.

“I've been with my partner for more than 12 years, the entire time I've been teaching at the school,” Griffin said. “He's been to numerous school functions with me, he's even been to McCloskey's house.”

“The mission of the school, it talks about dedication to the poor and the oppressed, the value of an education, and the value of diversity of thought and tolerance,” he added.

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  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Dec. 09, 2013 1:15 PM ET USA

    12 years ago Philadeplphia Archdiocese had a weak and apparently "too tolerant" leadership, a cover-up was a standard practice - today, Archbishop Chaput makes difference. THANKS TO GOD FOR HIM!

  • Posted by: normnuke - Dec. 09, 2013 11:01 AM ET USA

    In such a short time homosexual practice has trudged from private sorrow to pariah status to public acclaim to victimhood. Better the first way.

  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - Dec. 09, 2013 9:01 AM ET USA

    It's a fine line between charity and enabling. It appears that the good Fr's initial charity was not balanced with truth. No doubt there is more to this story.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Dec. 09, 2013 8:55 AM ET USA

    What has been generally tolerated in the context of an "act(s) of mercy" is now twisted into a betrayal of the Church.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 09, 2013 7:20 AM ET USA

    Griffin has a point: He should have been fired 12 years ago when he first revealed his sinful lifestyle. "Tolerance" here isn't tolerance at all; it's complicity with evil.

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