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After much prayer, church stands by decision to oust gay administrator

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SEATTLE — The Archdiocese of Seattle said Wednesday it won’t change its mind about rehiring a gay vice principal who was encouraged to leave a Seattle-area Catholic high school after school officials learned he had married his same-sex partner.

Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

Students and parents protesting the departure of Mark Zmuda, a popular teacher, coach and vice principal, also turned in a petition to Eastside Catholic High School and the archdiocese on Wednesday.

The online petition started on change.org by the senior class president gathered more than 30,000 signatures since late December.

The archdiocese responded with a statement saying they stand by the decision.

“The recent personnel decision by the board and administrators of Eastside Catholic regarding Mr. Zmuda was made after a great deal of prayer and consultation,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain wrote. “In no way was their goal to be discriminatory to anyone but to be faithful to their mission as a Catholic school.”

The school board of trustees wrote to parents detailing the events leading up to Zmuda’s departure on Dec. 20 and invited them to attend a parent meeting next week.

The letter explains that all employees of the private school are required to sign an agreement that their public behaviors would at all times be consistent with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. The church does not recognize gay marriage, the letter pointed out.

“When Mr. Zmuda married his same-sex partner, the school administration was left with no acceptable alternative that would allow him to remain eligible for employment at Eastside Catholic School,” the letter to parents said.

Senior class president Bradley Strode, 17, of Bellevue, said the students want to effect change within the wider Catholic Church, with an ultimate goal of altering the Catholic Church’s stance on gay marriage.

The student protest began as a sit-in at the school and has since spawned outside rallies both near the school and near the archdiocese in Seattle.

This had been Zmuda’s first year as an administrator at the school with nearly 700 high school students and more than 250 middle school students in Sammamish, a Seattle suburb.

Another gay educator at Eastside Catholic, who recently announced she was engaged to her same-sex partner, said last week that the school had given her a new employment agreement as an independent contractor.

Stephanie Merrow, a part-time musical coach who is choreographing this year’s spring musical, was told by school administrators that her marital status does not matter. She said her contract did not mention Catholic teachings.

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  1. Shame!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:21pm
  2. why any gay people are in the catholic church is beyond me!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:22pm
  3. stockholm syndrome?

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
  4. After much prayer, I oust the Catholic Church stands by my decision. :-)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:22pm
  5. It seems for situations like these, the Pope should get involved

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:23pm
  6. Must have been ‘prayin’ to Lucifer……yet & still…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:23pm
  7. Surprised. …..NOT!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:23pm
  8. Being hateful bigots to begin with the people who did this could have Jesus standing in front of them telling them they are wrong but they would ignore Him and still oust the guy. Sad

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:24pm
  9. idiots

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:24pm
  10. I have to say, the decision is stupid but the kids in the school totally love and support him. :) more power to him and hopefully he can find a better place of employment

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:24pm
  11. Happy I’m Jewish

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:24pm
  12. And they said they got a new Pope that supports LGBT but there’s case alone doesn’t seem like it

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:24pm
  13. Well, he is against hatred towards them, he is still under the creed that homosexuality is sinful -- but he also claims to not hate the sinner. He's a good man but he has his own beliefs. And likewise, this archdiocese has a creed, a creed this teacher promised to uphold when hired. Unfortunately, that creed to many of us is wrong and unethical but they didn't do anything wrong. Its a private school that can makes its own rules about who they want to hire --- they get their funding from people who unfortunately arent open and understanding --- and if these parents and organizations are paying to have their children be taught something then they likely don't want it to be underminded. This is the tragedy of the situation but we can't say what they did was wrong -- it was a contract he signed and violated. And I'm sure he'll be welcome with open arms at an alternate learning facility that respects his sexuality.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:40pm
  14. Worried about gay kids who attend the school and who may be very depressed and despondent at seeing something like this. I also think that, after Pope Francis had toned down some of the anti-gay language that had been coming from the Vatican through his predecessor, that this administrator and the gay teachers elsewhere were deceived.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:15am
  15. Wow, if that’s what the power of prayer does for you it must be something pretty darn nasty. Shame on the catholic church. They are a disgrace.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
  16. Prayer is the cloak religion hides beneath to conceal their bigotry. Shameful.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
  17. By "religion" you probably mean "conservative Christianity." I don't think we've heard much about Hindus organizing to ban equal marriage rights, or Shintos (although who knows, maybe they have? Just not in THIS country.) It's important to remember that we have a lot of Christian allies, too.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:23am
  18. I don't know. Those Jains are getting pretty persnickety.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:42am
  19. how come!! the pope didnt even hate us and even outcast and oust us… he even said that

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
  20. Go back and pray some more-the archdiocese has many sins to repent.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
  21. The Catholic Church can fuck itself and become a for-profit institution as far as I’m concerned. Their bullshit hoo-doo superstition should not shield them from immediate and severe consequences.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:26pm
  22. The catholic church is a joke. No wonder they’re losing their flock in record numbers.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:26pm
  23. Thay weren’t listening to God’s answers

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:26pm
  24. This is ridiculous. And people wonder why the kids of this country act the way they do. They listen to everything the churches believe and so they grow up thinking they don’t know any better. Shove your prayer up your ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:26pm
  25. All are welcome at The Ecumenical Catholic Communion

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm
  26. Good for the youth in wanting to make a stand for change but that will never happen. Even though the new pope has used favorable rhetoric for the GLBTQ community he also has taken no action to backup what he is saying.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm
  27. um passo a frente…dois pra trás.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm
  28. When Catholics, Christians and other religions say the antichrist is coming thery’re right. By ousting this church administrator for something so simple and shouldn’t even be their concern, they’re the real antichrist.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm
  29. prayer for bobby …

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm
  30. No “Christ” in this Christian faith tradition

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm
  31. ha!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm
  32. Did anyone expect any other outcome?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm
  33. Then pray some more

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm
  34. I went to their Facebook page and told them what I thought .just search Sandusky catholic school.and boom there it is .My post isthe picture.please go there and like

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm
  35. Isn’t that special. I wonder what prayers they said against this man.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm
  36. Catholic Church sucks…but you’ll take our money without a problem..friggin hypocrites..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:29pm
  37. Boo! TYPICAL

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:29pm
  38. The politics of the Catholic Church are far from Christ like… wake up people and embrace religion that accepts the miracle tg at is you…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:29pm
  39. f. them take them to court

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:30pm
  40. I’m hearing a lot of friends are choosing to leaves their churches lately. I mean within their churches, they can and should be able to decide what is acceptable. And if their congregations disagree, they NEED to speak up and leave. But they need to keep that crap in their churches and leave the rest of us, government and law alone.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:31pm
  41. I want the church to pay 1 million in hate dollars.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:31pm
  42. So, they prayed the gay away, eh? :-/

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:32pm
  43. Gee I’m surprised……NOT. The Catholic Church will never change. Funny how they can murder millions during the inquisition, give money to Hitler to kill Jews, and be behind a lot of the hatred and bigotry in the 1960′s. But they are the light of the world?? I think not!!! I have pretty much given up on “the church”.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:32pm
  44. And just when everyone was applauding the church for “finally” joining the rest of the world in acceptance and toleration. Well, as the saying goes “a leopard never changes its spots”. They have always been two-faced and continue to do so

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:33pm
  45. Unfortunately, it’s up to the membership of these private/religious institutions to revise their regulations internally. That’s how it should be.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:33pm
  46. they’re lost and their lost…….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:34pm
  47. Please read the above headline as it should be properly stated: “After much talking to our selves inside our own head to the imaginary god that we created to match our bigoted views, the Catholic church stands behind its bigotry and hypocrisy because frankly, we have too much on our plate already with a new batch of alter boys coming in this year.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:35pm
  48. Rev. Janine Stock what is the Ecumenical Catholic Union?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:35pm
  49. I wonder if parents pulling their kids out of this overpriced biggots Institute would change their minds

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:36pm
  50. A ton of my friends go there, and they did all they could to protest this injustice. I really hope this opens people’s eyes about the injustices that not only gay individuals have to endure, but the entire LGBTQ community. Hopefully things change, very soon.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:36pm
  51. What a crock!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:36pm
  52. Rev. Janine Stick I meant ecumenical Catholic Communion

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:37pm
  53. The kids should leave the school and go to a public school …problem solve…no kids to teach so no teachers are needed and no money for the church….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:37pm
  54. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:37pm
  55. I think that since his marriage is not recognized by the church it is not a problem -if they saw it as a marriage then they may have had an argument. As it is I think they are making an example of one man to show their stance – a stance not quite the same as the Popes – and the students have learned that discrimination is appropriate. Very sad – and very immoral!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:38pm
  56. Just leave…that what you can do…the system is broken.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:38pm
  57. Catholic schools are no different than public schools – except for individual freedoms

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:38pm
  58. I am with a girl and don’t really care if I am allowed in a church,God knows my heart that is enough

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:39pm
  59. As an exiled and former RC, I can easily say F— the RC church.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:39pm
  60. Catholic Schools are way different then public by far

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:39pm
  61. The ones who need to be ousted are the pedophile priests who just get shuffled around but are never charged & convicted with sex crimes against children!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:40pm
  62. Maybe if he was a child molester they would have kept him!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:40pm
  63. Hey, I’m no longer Catholic so I really don’t care. If it were a Unitarian Church institution this wouldn’t even be an issue.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:41pm
  64. Prayer….as if…..more like drinking sacrificial wine debating which alter boy is next to be deflowered while jacking in a confessional booth

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:41pm
  65. No matter how much prayer they may have engaged in, we can be sure that the Holy Spirit did not lead them to that decision.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:41pm
  66. Very sad! The students are amazing. Keep up the struggle. You are inspiring to so many!!’ Thank you!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:41pm
  67. I wonder he’ll leave the catholic cult altogether?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:42pm
  68. The Catholic Church has exiled him so he has no reason to stay -

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:43pm
  69. go to a public school

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:44pm
  70. Facebook comments remind us that there are irrational thinkers on both sides of every argument. I respect a religion’s right to believe what they want as long as it doesn’t hurt others. And this man did make the promise when he was hired to uphold the beliefs of the archdiocese and the school — sadly those beliefs are close minded. I applaud his kids for standing up to them, but I respect the decision of a church. Keeping him on may have even met cuts of funding from donors and parents to the privately funded school. And we don’t know that this wasn’t done in the most respectful way possible — they probably felt bad but felt the need to uphold the rules they set forth. And for those of you talking about the pope: The pope is not pro-gay, he is pro the rights of humans and anti-hatred.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:45pm
  71. Oh they prayed about it? Well that changes everything.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:45pm
  72. “After much prayer” Is that supposed to actually mean something?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:46pm
  73. Most Christians are two faced bigots!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:47pm
  74. I am NOT a hater lgbt member the are Catholic have lost there jobs for being lgbt some then been kicked out of their parents funeral of being a out lgbt member I’m not a hater here that Catholic Church is

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:48pm
  75. So glad they took the time to pray about being bigots! Not impressed at all. I live behind this school and it ticks me off that they came into our community and then treat our citizans like crap.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:51pm
  76. Well I guess you better get rid of all the child touching priests, I went to catholic school and church, those priests are like octopus’ , always touching you, rubbing your shoulders and breathing on the back of your neck…. When we would get done with p.e the priests would sit in a chair and watch us take a shower… Said they wanted to make sure everyone showered… I left the church years ago but not quick enough!! I was taken advantage of!!!! I can’t stand them, can’t stand the church, and all they do is lie!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:51pm
  77. Hmmmmm. After much prayer, this Episcopalian stands by taking him back!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:52pm
  78. If you need a fucking religion to know what is good and what is bad, you are a moron. Live free, god is a myth.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:52pm
  79. It’s ok to be Catholic as long as you don’t practice it. Lol.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:54pm
  80. The students should all transfer to public school. Money, not scripture, is what talks to the catholic church.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:54pm
  81. Pray a little harder!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:54pm
  82. Fucking jerks.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:55pm
  83. Catholics are HYPOCRITES……period !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:56pm
  84. Yes, oust the gay administrator and keep the child molesters. An interesting look at how the Catholic Church thinks. smh

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:58pm
  85. Who were they praying to?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:58pm
  86. Preying, more like

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:59pm
  87. The rumors are true, they pray to a pagan god.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:00am
  88. It’s the churches loss.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:05am
  89. It sucks about the job thing but they sign a contract. So, he knew he had to follow the catholic way, if you will. Everyone needs to get over it already.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:09am
  90. That’s how I lost my job working for the Diocese of Austin – the Bishop new about my relationship when he hired me. 2 years later he said he just couldn’t risk it – might cause scandal to have me working for him…. He also fired the IT Director – another closeted guy in a long term relationship.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:09am
  91. not right every one needs their job…..

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:09am
  92. More Christians giving Christians a bad name – BBbboooo!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:12am
  93. This is why I am atheist.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:13am
  94. Gay and religion don’t mix. The only way that school would have put him back on the job would be had the parents taken their kids out of the school. Other than that, protesting is a waste of time.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:14am
  95. Heartbreaking. To Hell with the Church!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:16am
  96. Not sure they really prayed very much!! I doubt that would be the answer.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:17am
  97. you can’t expect them to join the 19th century over night!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:18am
  98. Which pope do they listen to. I wonder?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:19am
  99. Sad. Makes me more convinced that religion is bad and is all about control.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:19am
  100. One hopes that the parents who were offended by this remove their children from the school. The only thing the Church understands is when revenues decrease, hold back the money and they will bend.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:21am
  101. Sadness…and they say they love God…and yet……..

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:25am
  102. I left catholic delusions and I love life so much more. Catholicism is a cancer of humanity that won’t stop spreading until cut out and destroyed completely with chemo radiations.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:32am
  103. Catholics are full of hate and ignorance.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:32am
  104. Real faith is not in church… but in your heart.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:33am
  105. Because that’s what Jesus would have done!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:34am
  106. They are assholes!! How many priest s are pedophiles??

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:34am
  107. “After much prayer” is a camouflage of bigotry. The intention of such a statement is to make everyone believe that God (while he was much prayed for) had endorsed, confirmed, and corroborated their very mistaken decision. God would never endorse, confirm, or corroborate such a decision. It is his will that we, gay people, exist and it is likewise his will that we be accepted has full humans with the same obligations and rights as everybody else.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:36am
  108. He shouldn’t want to work for such a hateful organization anyway. Someone please hire this man!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:45am
  109. Then the ignorant church is the loser here. What a bunch of hypocrites with pedophile priests protected by the Bishops and openly gay man being vilified and ousted!- what a travesty.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:47am
  110. ……”after much prayer” …???? Oh, so God condones your bigotry…I see….

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:47am
  111. Remember that “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You”.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:52am
  112. they will regret it ! more and more people see catholic religion as a cult and full of child molesters and bigots…ie. priests molesting boys

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:59am
  113. Jesuswould never have done that.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:01am
  114. Musta been listening to his religion’s DEVIL…for shame!!! BIGOT!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:02am
  115. ChristoFascism alive & continually deadly in the cult of Catholics

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:05am
  116. They “prayed” about it and God told them good job for being bigots? As an atheist I really can’t stress how hilariously absurd this is. Wake. The. Fuck. Up.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:05am
  117. What would the Pope say about this?! FUCK THEM!! That’s a bunch of hateful bullshit!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:07am
  118. Screw the church.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:08am
  119. Yet hiding priests that molest little boys seems to be ok though… can anyone say hypocrisy?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:13am
  120. Shame on the church!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:20am
  121. WOOF!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:20am
  122. Very sad. Which century are we in?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:23am
  123. To fake believers, like most of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, prayer is their way of getting their story straight and thinking of biblical passages to divert attention or make a feeble attempt to justify their personal hatreds.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:23am
  124. Shame on the Catholic Church.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:25am
  125. But they keep coveting up the pedophilc priest bastards

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:30am
  126. Much prayer, indeed. Much justice-NO!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:30am
  127. Mr. Zmuda….. IS HOT-TA-TA!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:32am
  128. And they wonder why those with working minds are running away from organized religion. Enough hatred.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:35am
  129. that’s why I haven’t been an active catholic for many yr they are very closed minded

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:35am
  130. The church are Idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:44am
  131. They prayed a lot, but listened not!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:46am
  132. I wonder which G-d THEY prayed to. I’m not familiar with Him.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:50am
  133. Fuck the Church. All they want is your money.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:54am
  134. But they keep all those gay sex abuser Priests. Doesn’t make any sense.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:56am
  135. Yep. Because prayer solves everything

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:58am
  136. Yeah,I’m sure prayer was a big part of their ruminations.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:02am
  137. Lol, yeah sure.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:07am
  138. No surprise there

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:21am
  139. I’ll tell you their prayer: dear Lord, please give me the peace to know that You agree with me in this. In Jesus’ name, amen.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:25am
  140. That wasn’t a decision from make believe prayer, it was prejudice.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:25am
  141. so upsetting that our world is filled with people like this, people who just hate people who they believe are wrong and “sinful”.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:26am
  142. Law suit time

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:33am
  143. flarg

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:38am
  144. What a crock!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:39am
  145. Their loss

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:41am
  146. shame shame shame on you fake church.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:42am
  147. The Roman Catholic Church is irrelevant in 2014

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:56am
  148. Maybe they should dump 80% of the priests as well, or stop calling the pot black instead of the kettle, get the church in order before trying to tell others how to live, after all god created everyone, not just a choice few, if I recall my childhood teachings.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:57am
  149. He will probably not pursue any action against them…Displaying the Grace often withheld from them…! Sometimes it is holier to defy injustices….Bless you and your husband!! Blessings of the Holy Spirit on those who continue to work for Christ like behavior in the Church…!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:12am
  150. I wonder how our Pope would feel about this?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:26am
  151. Organized religion is nothing more than a genocide machine.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:33am
  152. So un human, un american

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:34am
  153. diplomatic immunity is the same thing, when criminals make deals and get placed in the witness protection program THATS the same thing, the church is no different they can get away with it yet when they discriminate it’s accepted by society

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:38am
  154. We don’t need the church.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:38am
  155. Prayer? You mean hate?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:39am
  156. Sad

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:44am
  157. OF course they won’t change their minds. They wouild not be able to hide their pedophilic priests in the midst of gay men. The priests of the RCC are not stupid they know kids would tell a gay man about a priest messing with them before they would ever tell their parents or authorities. They also know a gay teacher would NEVER keep his mouth shut about such things!!! he would report them immediately. See, if you do any reading you will understand how the RCC has protected its pedophiles for over1,000 years. They even wrote their special Bible with them in mind by making the homosexuals their nemesis!!! Yep, no surprise with this one.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:49am
  158. Oh the power of hypocritical prayer! I just puked!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:51am
  159. They would rather harbor pedophiles!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:58am
  160. Prayer? Really? I doubt it.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:04am
  161. Is anyone surprised – the RC Church is still essentially medieval.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:09am
  162. I ask myself “What would Jesus do?” —If he actually ever existed

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:11am
  163. Disgusting decision which just reinforces my decision to permanently leave the RCC.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:22am
  164. a shame, what with all that “Christianity is about not judging and forgiveness and compassion and crap”, but not a surprise, either

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:26am
  165. and isnt prayer supposed to be a god thing??? and I supposed that God spoke to them directly with his answer? simpletons!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:26am
  166. Who were they PRAYING TO……God loves all people, and would not have ousted one of his own.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:43am
  167. Why is it that God gives totally opposing revelations to different churches? Is it a joke?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:53am
  168. Fuck the goddamned Catholic Church.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:56am
  169. How do they grt to break the law?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:09am
  170. Who do they pray to. Do unto others? What a crock. Love one another. Not for them!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:12am
  171. Sad.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:14am
  172. Who the fuck cares what the catholic church has to say anymore.!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:18am
  173. DAM SHAMEFUL,

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:18am
  174. im not surprise alot of priest have sex with little boys penn state university may b gaymen look how that went down

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:20am
  175. Decision wrong!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:34am
  176. They obviously didn’t read their Bible and didn’t pray to the God of the Bible.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:34am
  177. And just what does their church doctrine says about priests molesting children?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:50am
  178. Good the students and parents who are standing up

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:16am
  179. Shame, shame, shame! That is sure living your Christian belief isn’t it? Not!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:33am
  180. “Bigotry wrapped in prayer is STILL bigotry” WTF

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:14am
  181. Take away the Catholic archdiocese tax exempt status at a Federal level then for discrimination. They can return all of the credits they have received back to the government. Bunch of thieves.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:27am
  182. Imagine that? No surprise with these bigots. They have no problem with little boys though.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:34am
  183. Not the smartest move. Look at that guys arms. He could crush a bishop’s head like a walnut.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:41am
  184. “After much prayer” is the polite way of saying “God hates fags”

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:43am
  185. It’s all about exclusion and guilt trips.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:54am
  186. That’s terrible and it’s that schools loss, hopefully this guy can get a position elsewhere…

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:57am
  187. The Church wouldn’t dream of firing an administrator who got a divorce– they need to see that civil marriage is a civil right. Their current stance is an embarrassment.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:07am
  188. Prayer? To whom? Was a pentagram involved?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:10am
  189. “Much prayer” my ass

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:15am
  190. The Catholic church is so ultra-hypocritical. You’d have to be sub-moronic not to notice it…all those Catholic priests who molested so many young children, mostly boys, all over the world for God knows how many centuries. In many cities around the world the Catholic church is bankrupt from all the land, schools, and churches they’ve had to sell to pay all their victims of sexual abuse at the hands of their own priests. My gawd what hypocrisy and phonies! God must look down upon them and be so disgusted. Their own priests are pedophiles and sexual perverts that sodomized, raped and molested young children all over the world…the Catholic church denied at first and tried to conceal for many, many years by moving the priest to another diocese until many grown people started talking out about it and launched class action law suits against them. In Boston alone they sued for $40 Billion dollars and won too. When is the Catholic church going to acknowledge any of their own hypocrisy? Why do gay people want their approval anyway? Why do they even want to be part of them? Do they not believe that God looks at all of this and sees all their hypocrisy? And gay people still want to align themselves with them? How utterly contemptible and pathetic to even want their approval. Gay people should not align themselves with such hypocrits that call themselves “godly” when there is nothing godly about them. Why can’t they start their own church?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:16am
  191. Obviously what the Pope says has no meaning among some Catholics in parts of Washington….then they can’t figure out why folks walk away from the church and don’t come back.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:36am
  192. Figures. So godlike of the church. Not very accepting are they

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:46am
  193. Sorry I like his guns….

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:01am
  194. When are they going oust priest that molest children?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:39am
  195. As a gay woman and being raised catholic this does not suprise me. Why do I like this? Because the catholic church remains consistent in its discriminatory bigoted stance towards it ” fellow man”. Anything else would admit to an evolution away from ignorance and that would be too much of a surprise for a lot of people to handle. So thank you for being consistently ignorant!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:04am
  196. after a lot of prayer, i’ve decided to not change my mind about the catholic church being lead by a bunch of hateful scumbags

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21am
  197. Shameful

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:33am
  198. He can find another job elsewhere, why bother working for bigots R us inc. >_<

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:02pm
  199. screw the catholic church. they can kiss my ass!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:11pm
  200. the catholic church is such a good christian group of bigots :-(

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:42pm
  201. the church would be better ousting all their priest pedophiles

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:47pm
  202. Pope Francis needs to confront this issue honestly and stop firing people because of their sexual orientation. The Catholic Church has many thousands of LGBT people among its priests, employees and congregants. This is not a Christian way to deal with anyone.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:52pm
  203. Prayer? LMFAO at that lie.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:52pm
  204. And further evidence prayer does not work.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:53pm
  205. Aww, well aren’t they nice – they’ll pray for you while they ruin your career. At least they’ll feel better about it :P

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:04pm
  206. Not sure which God they prayed to but it is not the same God I worship that supports same-sex couples.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:18pm
  207. I grew up Catholic, but have zero use for them as an adult! They’re hypocrites!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:42pm
  208. bastard bigots

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:49pm