dotCommonweal, linked the NYT feature on turmoil at Seattle’s Eastside Catholic. It’s like a chain of dominos: a married gay teacher, a chairman of the board, and this week, the president. The same president who supposedly offered divorce as a way out of the conundrum. What’s up with the president, supported by the archbishop, resigning? Have the protests really hit all the way up to the top floor of the academic ivory tower? Who will be left standing by the start of the next academic year?
The standard doesn’t apply to the merely engaged-to-be-married. Or to artists, it seems. Stephanie Morrow, gay and planning to marry a woman friend, got a contract to choreograph “Guys and Dolls” this month.
It’s great that they’re keeping me, but it’s a little confusing.
Either the arts don’t matter as much to impressionable kids or conservative Catholics, or the position isn’t deemed to be as vital as that of a coach and administrator. Or maybe one national-news protest is enough. Or offer your own snide theory about homosexuals and theater.
Bill DeHaas noted in the dotC commentariat:
In terms of (Archbishop Peter) Sartain – the usual:
Sartain has not spoken to the Eastside Catholic students or their supporters, despite advice by some clergy that he engage in dialogue.
That also seems a little confusing. Is this a teaching moment or is it not. And while I’m aware other bishops have pledged to do prison time, it seems curious that prison is a better alternative than a meeting with high school students.
I can’t see the school reincorporating, renaming, and/or rehiring Mark Zmuda. I see schools continuing to hire gay people, then fire them when they come out of the closet in some way, either legally or otherwise. I see gay people continue to apply for jobs at Catholics schools. Clearly because of the joy of teaching students and not the thrill of obeying a bishop. I see stories like this will pop up in the future and teenagers will learn a lesson. I wonder what that lesson might be.