A Catholic school assistant principal was fired yesterday for blogging in support of gay marriage, according to news reports.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired Mike Moroski from Purcell Marian High School, telling him in a termination letter that he had shown “poor judgment” and violated the teachings of the Catholic church, archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said.
Moroski had anticipated the move after refusing to take down the blog post and hiring an attorney.
Moroski did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday, but he told The Cincinnati Enquirer last week that he was following his conscience when he wrote about his support of gay marriage.
He said he knew he the post violated the social media policy but doesn’t feel that he violated the teachings of the church.
“I put it up there because I really truly honestly believe it,” he said. “I’m absolutely willing to lose my job over this. The only difficult thing for me now is the students.”
Moroski had been in his second year at Purcell Marian High after teaching at Moeller High School for 10 years, according to the Enquirer.
Moroski, who is married and lives in downtown Cincinnati, signed a contract every year that requires him to “comply with and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”
The guy knew he’d lose his job over it but he did it anyway and he’s not talking about suing as far as I can see so it seems to me he accepts the consequences.
His understanding of Church teaching seems a bit confused however. He seems to think that the Catholic Church only has truth for the Catholic Church itself. But the Church speaks truth to the world.
I’ve seen this view increasingly from pro-gay marriage supporters. It’s akin to saying you’re personally pro-life but support Roe v. Wade. Some say that Catholics believe in sacramental marriage but you can’t enforce that vision of marriage on non-Catholics and therefore they support gay marriage. It seems to me the question that doesn’t get asked is whether gay marriage is good for society. The only relevant question to many is whether people’s feelings will be hurt if we limit marriage to two people of the opposite sex. Yes, certainly people’s feelings will be hurt but marriage is an institution created for a man and a woman. To change it is to the detriment of society and to the future of children.