Archdiocese of Indianapolis cuts ties with Jesuit school for refusing to fire gay teacher
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A Jesuit high school that refused to fire a married gay teacher will no longer be recognized as Catholic by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, according to the Guardian.

Archbishop Charles Thompson plans to issue a decree Friday prohibiting Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School from calling itself Catholic or being identified as a Catholic institution, according to the newspaper.


“All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students both by word and action inside and outside the classroom,” the archdiocese said in a statement Thursday.

“In the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, every archdiocesan Catholic school and private Catholic school has been instructed to clearly state in its contracts and ministerial job descriptions that all ministers must convey and be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church,” the archdiocese added.

In an open letter Thursday, Brebeuf wrote that it was founded as an independent institution and that the dispute was the result of a “sincere and significant disagreement.”

“After long and prayerful consideration, we determined that following the Archdiocese’s directive would not only violate our informed conscience on this particular matter, but also set a concerning precedent for future interference in the school’s operations and other governance matters that Brebeuf Jesuit leadership has historically had the sole right and privilege to address and decide,” the letter states.

In the letter, the school said obeying the archdiocese’s instruction would cause “harm” to its teachers and staff, and that while it is “disheartened” by the Archbishop’s decision, “our identity as a Catholic Jesuit institution remains unchanged.”

The Very Rev. Brian Paulson, head of the Midwest Province of Jesuits, said the archdiocese requested that the unidentified teacher’s contract not be renewed two years ago, according to the Guardian.

Paulson added that the teacher is a “longtime valued employee” and that the school will appeal the decision to the Vatican if necessary, according to the newspaper.

Brebeuf and the Archdiocese did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.