How such violations are handled by schools and parishes, where most of the terminations across the country tracked by New Ways [an advocacy group for gay Catholics] have occurred, differs from one employer to another and from diocese to diocese..
The teacher from the Philadelphia suburb, for example, said his sexual orientation was never a secret and that he and his partner used to attend faculty parties together.
In Columbus, Ohio, a teacher was fired after listing her female partner’s name in her mother’s obituary, and in Minnesota, a teacher said she was fired after she indicated on a school evaluation her personal conviction favoring same-sex marriage.
Still, employees and experts say policies are seldom equally enforced — the teacher who uses birth control, the organist cohabiting or the divorced principal who remarried without having the first marriage annulled.
“Imagine if we couldn’t hire sinners,” quipped one local church official, noting that sin can be forgiven