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Teachers fired from Catholic school over pregnancy

December 10, 2013

The dismissal of two teachers from a Boston Catholic school over an out-of-wedlock pregnancy has gained national as well as local media attention.

The child is due next June, and the two teachers plan to marry in 2015, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported.

The Archdiocese of Boston has defended Lawrence Catholic Academy’s dismissal of the teachers.

“Our teachers sign an agreement to adhere to the teachings and principles of the Catholic Church, among many other criteria essential for employment,” said Terrence Donilon, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston. “When that contract is violated, it is the school’s responsibility to make a determination as to whether a member of the staff can remain based on the facts of the matter. This is important so as to be consistent in following the school’s responsibility to live by the core principles of a Catholic education.”


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 10, 2013 10:30 PM ET USA

    If they really offered to resign,it is a punitive system that fired them. Certainly, flexing administrative muscle at the cost of the inevitable publicity was short-sighted,in light of the firestorm about to take place.

  • Posted by: margaretinvirginia - Dec. 10, 2013 10:11 PM ET USA

    I am bewildered. If they are planning to get married anyway, why don't they just do it now? I just don't get it!

  • Posted by: normnuke - Dec. 10, 2013 9:01 PM ET USA

    On the basis of what I have read here I cannot find justification for firing these two Catholics. Are our children being scandalized into thinking that Catholic babies ought only to be found under cabbage leaves? Consider: they did not have the child murdered; they intend to marry (in 2015). Maybe if they made more money ...