News

Catholic school feels parents’ wrath for sacking gay teacher

Catholic school feels parents’ wrath for sacking gay teacher

Shortly after teacher Jocelyn Morffi married Natasha Hass at the beginning of February, Miami’s Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School sacked her – then, in a letter to parents, asked them to pray for the school.

Instead, according to this report, about a dozen angry parents showed up at the school the next day, demanding an explanation and speaking to gathered news cameras.

Cintia Cini, whose child was in Morffi’s class, said:

We were extremely livid. They treated her like a criminal, they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom.

Cini and other parents said they didn’t know or care about Morffi’s sexual orientation.

Our only concern was the way she was with our children, the way she taught our children and this woman by far was one of the best teachers out there.

Parents learned of the firing in a letter from the school’s principal last Thursday. It said only that “a difficult and necessary decision” had been made regarding Morffi, but it didn’t provide details. “She is no longer teaching at our school,” the letter said.

It said students’ education wouldn’t be disrupted and asked parents “for your continued prayers” for the school.

In April 2014, after a judge in Florida lifted the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who oversees Miami’s Catholic archdiocese, sent a message to all employees.

It said every person employed by the church – regardless of whether that person is a practicing Catholic – is expected to abide by Catholic teaching, including the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

The letter said employees who didn’t obey could be punished, even terminated, for such activities:

Even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.

Mary Ross Agosta, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said although Morffi was well-liked, she was fired for violating her contract.

Any Catholic teacher who signs a contract with the Archdiocese of Miami is acknowledging that policies and procedures will be followed and will abide by the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Now, parents say they are fighting for the reinstatement of a woman who didn’t just teach their children to read and write, but also ran a volunteer organization called #teachHope70x7 that enlisted students to distribute meals to the homeless on weekends.

Samantha Mills, whose child was in Morffi’s class last year said:

We were completely outraged, all of the parents. This teacher in particular has made such a contribution to the school. She never imposes her personal beliefs on others. She just does everything in love.

Hat tip: AgentCormac

13 responses to “Catholic school feels parents’ wrath for sacking gay teacher”

  1. L.Long says:

    Outraged? Who cares!?! Don’t like what xtians do?!!? then quit! & stop being a hypocrite! If not a xtian, move your kids out of a school that actively promotes self-hate, intolerance & bigotry! There are public schools around!

  2. andym says:

    I suppose the parents are focusing on her teaching abilities rather than her sexuality, but I can’t help thinking that had she been a mediocre teacher, most wouldn’t have given a stuff about this violation of her rights.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    And herein exposed lies the real, rotting, contemptible truth about the RCC: it is an organisation which, from top to bottom, cares infinitely more about slavish adherence to doctrine and obedience and the collecting of tithes than it does about the people it constantly tells us it loves and serves. Such blatant, shameless hypocrisy. And yet the faithful, in their millions, carry on bending the knee every Sunday and, by their tacit support, keep this abominable monster alive. Pardon the play on words, but it really does beggar belief.

  4. Broga says:

    Why are so few influential people, like politicians, so tolerant, indeed respectful, of this vicious and destructive organisation?

  5. PJH says:

    “who didn’t just teach their children to read and right,”

    Er, Barry….

  6. Broga says:

    “What mean and cruel things men do for the love of God.”
    Somerset Maugham

  7. 1859 says:

    This is a good thing – NOT the firing of the teacher, this is pretty bad – but what I mean by saying it is a ‘good’ thing is it shows just how out of touch with the real, everyday, open and freethinking world these institutional religions have become . And this is a good thing because it shows that more and more people are beginning to see the total irrelevance of these religions and the bigotry they promote. The fact that angry parents protested is excellent, and maybe they will begin to question just what they are doing sending their precious children to a faith school. You do not need a religion to show you how to be a good person, but you do need a religion to show you how to be a bigot.

  8. Barry Duke says:

    Aaargh! The horrors of cut-and paste. The quote appeared in another report, and I foolishly failed to notice the error. Corrected now.

  9. Laura Roberts says:

    One of my relatives sends her son to a Catholic school even though I don’t think their family is Catholic. There is an underlying assumption that Catholic schools in the U.S. provide education that it superior to public schools. However, I recall reading some years ago (can’t even recall the book title at the moment) that this perception is based on flawed analysis. Catholic schools, and other private schools in the U.S., are allowed to filter out poor students, disruptive children and poor performers, severely biasing their statistics. Add to this the fact that schools in poor areas receive significantly less funding than those in wealthy areas.

    I recall one religious school that effectively holds every student back one year: every student is older than students at the same level in other schools. Hence test scores tend to be quite high, and parents boastful.

  10. AgentCormac says:

    While we’re on the subject of the RCC, it’s interesting to compare reaction to the ongoing sexual abuse within clergy ranks (and the cover-up which follows) with the fallout from the Oxfam scandal. The disgraceful Oxfam ‘sex for aid’ story and the cover-up which followed have caused uproar, with the charity’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, resigning and the UK government threatening to cut funding to its projects.

    Oxfam workers and RCC clergy are supposed to care for the poor and the needy. Both have failed horribly by abusing their position of trust. But do we see any heads rolling in Vatican City? Or its tax-exempt status being threatened by governments? Of course not. The RCC is a religion.

  11. John the Drunkard says:

    If the parents are offended, then why on earth did they send their children to that school in the first place?

    It isn’t as if the church’s policies and practices were secret.

  12. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: I see that Cafod has moved swiftly to sack a former Oxfam worker over abuse allegations. Oh, the irony; they obviously think that this makes them look really righteous. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43065165

  13. Not A Hypocrite says:

    AgentCormac
    You and those like you are the ones who need to learn a bit of tolerance. You act like this is shocking, and the outrage you display is pathetic. First, this is a Catholic school. If you’re not Catholic, or at least someone of faith, why would you send your kid to a religious school, then complain about their policies which are well known? Second, she signed a contract. She knew participating in a same-sex marriage would break that contract. If she wanted to marry, she should’ve given her resignation and left on good terms.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *