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Seattle Catholic school leader resigns amid same-sex marriage controversy

January 22, 2014

Sister Mary Tracy, the president and CEO of a Seattle-area Catholic school, has resigned amid continued controversy over the dismissal of the school’s vice principal.

In December, Mark Zmuda, the vice principal at Eastside Catholic School, was dismissed after his summer same-sex wedding became a matter of public knowledge. A local newspaper reported that the dismissal followed a conversation between Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and the school’s president and CEO, Sister Mary Tracy. The vice principal’s dismissal led 400 of the school’s students to protest.

Supporters of Zmuda quoted in a Seattle Times article cheered Sister Tracy’s resignation – even though Sister Tracy had said that a second employee who was planning a same-sex wedding was welcome to continue to work for the school.


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  • Posted by: msorensen71798 - Jan. 23, 2014 2:08 PM ET USA

    OK - I'm biased. The sister in question has a brother who is a good and holy priest who offers frequent confession, plus Mass in the NO and the EF, and would never be an accomplice to such nonsense. These siblings call each other often, so I seriously doubt this is a nun gone rogue. In fact, we have so little info from her perspective - we don't know what she was facing. So, please pray for her and Abp Sartain and everyone involved, esp. those silly kids who protested. Thank you!

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jan. 22, 2014 7:07 PM ET USA

    Even nuns can't get away with talking out of both sides of their mouths.

  • Posted by: patmitchell1846 - Jan. 22, 2014 6:49 PM ET USA

    God bless Archbishop Sartain and may he succeed in turning the school into a Catholic school.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 22, 2014 12:33 PM ET USA

    I've worked for four principals over the past 12 years, none of which embraced the teachings of the Church entirely. Their opinions varied on the Magisterium. Call them on it and you were gone and the diocese seemed to concur - that's another place that badly needs an overhaul.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jan. 22, 2014 11:47 AM ET USA

    Okay, now please hire a believing and faithful Catholic principal. May God bless Archbishop Sartain.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Jan. 22, 2014 11:39 AM ET USA

    I feel relieved.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 22, 2014 10:58 AM ET USA

    "Confusion..." for sure.. The school is better for her resignation, and one would doubt that she expedited the first dismissal in any event.