Hateful Catholic teacher is reinstated
Jannuzzi, a theology teacher at Immaculata High School in Sommerville, NJ, was forced to deactivate her Facebook page after several alumni started circulating screen shots of her sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights. Two days later, the school placed her on administrative leave.
News of the Jannuzzi’s reinstatement was conveyed in a letter to students and parents written by principal Jean Kline. It quoted school director Msgr Seamus Brennan as saying:
Immaculata High School has reached an understanding with Mrs Patricia Jannuzzi. It is the School’s position that a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful. Tone and choice of words matter and I trust Mrs. Jannuzzi’s stated promise to strive always to teach in a spirit of truth and charity.
The letter goes on to say that teachers have been told that if the issue comes up in the classroom, students will be told “this was a personnel issue and not one about theology” and there should be no further discussion about it. Kline encouraged parents to tell students the same thing if the issue comes up at home.
The announcement puts an end to weeks of negotiations between lawyers representing the Diocese of Metuchen, the entity that oversees Immaculata, and Jannuzzi’s attorney, David Oakley, who said:
I am delighted with the understanding we reached with the school and I admire them for making a careful decision – and I couldn’t be happier.
Jannuzzi was ordered by the school on March 11 to deactivate her Facebook page after alumnus began spreading word of an online petition demanding the school acknowledge her outspoken comments on gay marriage and gay rights.
In one post, Jannuzzi had said she’d love to move to Nebraska, responding to a news story about efforts to fight against same-sex marriage there, asking:
Why can’t the rest of the US be like this?? Why the insanity?
She also suggested in another post that gay activists want to cause the “extinction” of Western civilisation.