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Friday, September 3, 2010
Where have you been for the last 2,010 years?
The folks at Change.Org are all worked up in a dither of mock outrage because the Catholic Church discriminates against the gays in it's hiring practices. They picked up the story from MassLive.com about a Massachusetts woman who is admired by faculty, staff and students alike, has tons of accolades and does a wonderful job, who was terminated from her job at Springfield Cathedral High School because she married her long-time partner in August.
Christine Judd, served as Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Cathedral and worked for the Catholic school for twelve years. When word got out that she had legally married her partner last month, the Catholics did what Catholics always do in situations like this. They called a meeting on Wednesday and gave Todd the option of resigning or being terminated.
Yes, it's wrong. Yes the Church is despicable for the way it treats its LGBT members. But this is not news. It's not even new. And it certainly isn't reason to stop the presses.
Change.org's Mike Jones writes: "What a tragedy. Yes, church policy gives them the right to do this. But that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. A valued teacher, prized on the staff and commended for her outstanding leadership, told that she can no longer teach because she's a lesbian."
Judd told MassLive, “I married my partner this summer. I was hoping that my loyalty, my professionalism the last 12 years would supersede the current hypocrisy that has already been shown with the Diocese of Springfield.”
Hello, I don't think you two have met. LGBT Community, this is the Catholic Church. Although they don't really know you, they don't like you. They don't want you in their church and they certainly don't want you around their children. They don't want you being all happy and stuff, because Catholics are all about the guilt and want everybody to feel bad about themselves, all the time. It's nothing personal, but you're an abomination before God and because they are a church, the Catholics can do whatever the hell they want. This is who the Catholic Church is. This is what they do.
Now that we've got the introductions out of the way, let's stop getting our panties in a knot every time the Catholic Church does or says something that is totally in character. Enough with the Mock Outrage, already!