A Reflection On The Debate Regarding Gay Teacher
Headlines filled my twitter feed. Indianapolis archdiocese removes Catholic standing from Jesuit school over a dispute regarding the gay teacher.
Immediately, the usual suspects begin rushing to the school’s defense. They cite unjust discrimination. Catholic Church only cares about sexual sin. They target gay and lesbians to make themselves feel more righteous.
I have heard it all and I’m here to set the record straight. This is about authority. It has nothing to do with the teacher’s sexual orientation.
Let me explain.
Defending the Indianapolis Archdiocese
Public verse Private Sin
So the Archdiocese justifies the firing by saying,
All faculty are ministers and as such, they’re public and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic teachings.
But the liberal Catholics cry, why don’t you fire every Catholic, who uses contraceptives?
When I entered into the Twitter debate, my favorite example was why don’t they monitor food intake and fire people for gluttony and greed.
The problem with all of those examples is that they are all private sins. Gluttony requires a person to take pleasure in food.
Thomas Aquinas said it best, “too soon, too expensively, too much, too eagerly, too daintily.”
There’s a certain internal attitude one must have to be greedy or gluttonous.
Contraception is something a person does in the privacy of one’s own home.
Just like the government, the Catholic Church can’t invade the privacy of the marital chamber.
Marriage; however, is a public declaration. It is a signing of a piece of paper that becomes part of a public record.
The Catholic Church believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
By participating in a same-sex marriage, the teacher has publicly declared an opposing view on marriage that is contrary to church teaching.
Anytime anyone publicly declares anything contrary to church teaching, that person will be fired.
An analogous situation would be participation in a black mass or working for an abortion clinic.
I believe that if the man had not been married and just in a homosexual relationship, there would have been no justification to fire him. Thus it is not an attack on his orientation.
Rather it is a direct attack on the Archdiocese’s authority over marriage.
Speaking of authority….
Who’s the boss? Archdiocese or Brebeuf Jesuit preparatory high school
First, What does Catholic mean?
At its very basic Catholic means universal.
To be universal, the church must be united.
To achieve this unity, a Catholic organization must be united with Catholic authority.
The bishop is the supreme authority over Catholic organizations in a diocese.
The school wants to be independent. They say, “always maintained control of our school’s operations and governance, including our personnel decisions.”
Sorry, you can’t be independently universal. That makes no sense.
Ultimately liberal Catholics will make this story about unjust discrimination.
Don’t be fooled, it is solely about authority.
Does the church have the authority to define marriage? Does the bishop have authority over Catholic organizations?
Any Catholic in good standing should answer yes to those questions.
Yet a Brebeuf Jesuit preparatory high school wants to answer no to those questions and cries when their hand gets slapped.
Catholic means having universal assent with church teaching. There’s no room for individual conscience.
Thus the Archdiocese is right.