Again, What If We Didn’t Fire People?

Image result for Pink Slip. Size: 128 x 103. Source: argentfinancial.comIs it a hope that Catholic organizations wouldn’t fire lay people? I know I’ve asked the question here in the past, at least once. Heidi Schlumpf at the NCRep muses on the tide turning. I wonder though.

As I know I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t really get the fussing about same-sex unions. As a legal arrangement, it’s a morally neutral thing. The Church has always said that the sex is the problem matter. Do church administrators check for their lawyers, car mechanics, and baristas on the way into work for being heterosexual? I think not. Do church lawyers get paid a lot more than teachers? Probably. At least by the hour.

Regarding that Illinois school that re-hired an athletics coach:

Just days after the announcement of (the coach’s) rehire, Benedictine Abbot Austin Murphy of St. Procopius Abbey — which oversees (the school) — said in a statement that he was “deeply troubled” by the decision.

Murphy noted that “honest disagreements about the morality of homosexual acts should not be construed as hate” and said he would be “taking this matter to prayer and discerning how to proceed.”

I think when the only issue the Church appears to be concerned about is sexual orientation, then yes, singling out lesbians or gays very much appears biased and discriminatory at best. Hateful at worst. Especially when divorced and remarried people are not even checked. Or other persons who have irregular or even sinful situations.

If the Church policed every lay employee, every priest, every bishop and terminated employment in every instance when a person persisted in a situation deemed sinful, that would be harsh. But it wouldn’t be discriminatory. Clearly, we don’t do that for clergy. 

Maybe it’s better for all in the long run to just accompany the people who work with us. Make good decisions at the outset for the best person to perform at the task we need accomplished. Stick with people and help them and the whole organization succeed.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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