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Miami archbishop threatens to fire employees who support gay marriage

Miami archbishop threatens to fire employees who support gay marriage

MIAMI — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami is warning employees they could be fired for speaking out in support of same-sex marriage or other any other conduct that is “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Thomas Wenski

In a letter this week to Archdiocese employees, Archbishop Thomas Wenski said that “because of the Church’s particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.”

WJTV in Miami reports that Wenski’s letter also warned employees that the conduct requirements also extend to the Internet.

“Employees should exercise discretion when posting on social media sites, and note that online activity indicative of prohibitive behaviors may subject an employee to disciplinary action or termination,” wrote Wenski.

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The warning came Tuesday, hours after same-sex couples began marrying across the state of Florida.

But not all of Florida’s Catholic leaders were in alignment.

Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg published an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday in which he denounces “notions which might suggest that same-sex couples are a threat incapable of sharing relationships marked by love and holiness.”

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