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(RNS) The publicity over the firing of a gay teacher at a Catholic school is likely to complicate efforts by church leaders like New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who said this month that the bishops have been “outmarketed” on gay rights and “caricatured as being anti-gay.”

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  1. When are these power-drunk right-wing Catholic bishops going to learn that just because they “can” attack LGBT teachers, there’s no reason for them to think they should?

    Just today, a US Senator from Utah introduced a “Special Rights for Right-Wing Churches” bill, obviously to avoid the coming end of IRS 503c3 tax-exempt status for churches like the Roman Catholic Political Action Committee and LDS, Inc, but it’s going nowhere. Americans are increasingly angry at the abuses of IRS 503c3 status by these political organizations that masquerade as “churches.”

  2. Rev. McCloskey absolutely did the right thing, (and I’m honestly wishing that McCloskey was the Pope instead of Francis, because Catholic and Protestants alike need McCloskey’s kind of strength right now).

    • It wasn’t that long ago the former Pope and American Catholic bishops attacked the good Sisters for being “insufficiently homophobic,” and now this Pope is being attacked on the same quicksand. I don’t see Pope Francis’s influence waning based on these desperate personal attacks. You don’t really think yours will advance your anti-gay agenda, now, really, do you, Doc?

      • It’s not about whether one sees Pope Francis’s influence “waning” or not. The fact is that Rev. McCloskey did the right thing, the risky thing, the Christian thing, the courageous thing, *regardless* of the Pope’s popularity and influence.

        THAT kind of spiritual strength is what is needed by individual Catholics (and Protestants equally) at this increasingly dark hour in America.

        • You really want us to agree with you that HURTING PEOPLE is the “Christian thing to do”? Gasp, no wonder more Americans every day consider being called a “Christian” a personal attack!

          Please keep showing everyone how deeply immoral anti-gays are, Doc.

  3. Now, isn’t it a shame that a church would expect its employees to abide by its own code of behavior! And then the story about the unmarried couple expecting a baby. Yeah, just what this country needs: shining examples of people who will not commit to one another before bringing a child into the world.

    We know what today’s moral code is: “I” decide what’s right or moral. This works, of course, until the “I” confronts another “I” who does something that negatively impacts the first “I.”

    There has yet to be someone posting here who will take up this very argument and debunk it. Sometimes even the morally-culturally doltish know when they’ve met an impossible task and simply “move on” to other topics.

    • Are you really suggesting that in this instance, Catholic employees owe their superiors obedience in their private lives, while in another thread, you insist the Catholic bishops need not obey Pope Francis’s clear direction that they cease and desist their crass political machinations regarding their official actions in the matter of LGBT Americans, Mr. Lame? You consistently indicate you think anti-gays should have some “special right” to do whatever they want, even when their superior tells them to stop, I see.

      Your defense of the anti-gay misdeeds of the bishops won’t weaken the faith of American Catholics, but that defense will reduce the influence of these bishops as American Catholics transfer to The Episcopal Church.

  4. You can be sure that the managers of Holy (Spirit) Preparatory School would not dare to avoid action they know their Archbishop Joseph Chaput would require. Chaput is one of the most conservative bishops in the United States, a man in the design of John Paul II and Benedict who promoted him. The president and principal of Holy Spirit are saving their own jobs before Michael Griffin’s right to marry a person he loves “scandalizes” Chaput and the church he would have, the church of John Paul and Benedict, not the church of Jesus.

  5. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Three Cheers to those who are courageously defending traditional Catholic and Christian morality. Let those who want to follow a different moral code start their own church and open their own schools.

    • You just don’t get it, John. Jesus said the second most important Commandment was to love your neighbors as yourself, but you always present Christianity as a weapon you want to use to hurt your many, many enemies.

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