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New Jersey Catholic teacher who criticized gay-rights advocates is reinstated after suspension

April 13, 2015

A New Jersey woman who was suspended from her teaching post at a Catholic school because of Facebook posts criticizing homosexual activists has been reinstated.

Patricia Jannuzzi will return to the classroom at Immaculata school, after deactivating her Facebook page. Her suspension had triggered widespread protests from Catholic activists, many of whom had contributed to a fund to offset the loss of her income. The Jannuzzi family has announced that all contributions will be returned to the donors.

Msgr. Seamus Brennan, the pastor of the parish in which Immaculata located, said that Jannuzzi had been reinstated because of her “otherwise good reputation as an educator over her 30 years.” A letter to parents and other members of the school community assured that teachers were expected to avoid statements that would upset homosexual students.

Although supporters of Jannuzzi hailed her reinstatement as a victory, the school’s response supported the charge that her Facebook statements—which, while not well organized, had argued the case for traditional marriage, opposing gay-rights advocates but not disparaging homosexuals --had been inherently offensive.


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  • Posted by: Elan - Apr. 13, 2015 8:57 PM ET USA

    St. Charles Barromeo pray for us and for our priests.

  • Posted by: Erusmas - Apr. 13, 2015 7:19 PM ET USA

    What is a "homosexual student"? Is it anyone who is tempted to commit homosexual acts? Or should the term be restricted to one who has already committed such an act? Or even further restricted to one who has acquired the habit of committing such acts? Would such a student be "upset" to learn that these acts are sinful? Must teachers avoid speaking this truth?

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Apr. 13, 2015 6:58 PM ET USA

    This kind of treatment, to a Catholic teacher no less, is truly outrageous. I think we are headed for the certain and merited demise of Catholic schools in America as this cabal of misguided clergy and lay administrators moves further and further into the pit created by the sexually confused. Time may be approaching for the establishment of a pattern of Faithful private schools "in the Catholic tradition" estaablished by parents rather than Diocesan systems that no longer know what they are.