Principal Won't Retract Gay Marriage Support & School Fires Him for It

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gay prideAn English teacher and administrator has been fired for coming out on the Internet in support of same sex marriage. So what kind of backward school would drop Assistant Principal Mike Moroski from the faculty simply for being nice to gays? A Catholic one ... of course.

Moroski is both straight and married, by the way, and he's already earned hero status in my book. Purcell Marian High School gave him the chance to sign papers retracting his pro-gay rights statements, and Moroski said uh uh, no way, no how.

He's sticking up for what's right ... even though it cost him his job. Gee, who could learn from someone like that?

Maybe some high school students?

I know I'd love to have this guy in my kid's school. And not just because he is accepting of people who are different. He's also brave enough to put "right" in front of the almighty dollar. As Moroski said of his refusal to back away from his statements about gays:

I believe in Catholicism. But my conscience will not permit me to recant my statement ... I put it up there because I really truly honestly believe it. I’m absolutely willing to lose my job over this. The only difficult thing for me now is the students.

That was when he was still on administrative leave. He's since been fired from his post, even though he was popular with the students.

The fact is, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is likely within its rights to remove Moroski from his post. His comments, written on a personal blog, may be right, but they're also in direct opposition to the teachings of the church.

He knew that going in, and his bravery could be seen as foolhardy as some, especially in this economy. Most Americans can't afford to lose their jobs, no matter what their core beliefs are. Causes, even those near and dear to your heart, tend to take a backseat to putting food on the table and keeping a roof over your head.

But his nobility is something we could use more of in America. If there were more Mike Moroskis, maybe we'd have fewer corporations walking right over people to make a buck.

Would you put your job on the line to stand up for a cause?


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bills... billsfan1104

You know what, it's not just the Catholic Church, that is against Homosexuality. I send my kids to a Catholic school, because I want them to learn the Catholic teachings. If he supports homosexuality, then he doesn't believe in his faith and he needs to find another church that does accept homosexuality.

nonmember avatar Penelope P

Good for the school. I hope they stick to it. Don't worry Jeanne, the country is progressing your way, but I can see a future where Christians pull out of a lot of public organizations like schools because the country is becoming so immoral. Homosexuality is not biblical, period. Its one thing for unbelievers to think this way, unacceptable for a Catholic school principal to.

bills... billsfan1104

Just so you know, in the Catholic schools they do NOT go around bashing homosexuality and hating on Gays.


Those are his beliefs and he stood behind it. I'd have an issue with it if he started whining about they fired me but he was accepting of the fate he knew was coming his way and took it with dignity.

lulou lulou

That school accepts vouchers from the state.

bills... billsfan1104

Exactly Prima, at least he didn't back down and I hope he doesn't sue.

Todd Vrancic

A prime example of why my wife left the Catholic Church, she finds that she can no longer agree with their teachings.

mommy... mommytojack0524

Three things--1) he has the right to his opinion, 2) he should accept that there are consequences to expressing his opinion (especially when he is a leader in a Catholic school, and 3) the Church/school has every right to fire him.

bills... billsfan1104

Todd, which is totally fine. I just hope she isn't one that turns around and expects the church to give her communion, or have your kids go through, first communion and confirmation. I know two people who do not believe in the church at all, but have their kids get First Communion and turn to the church the minute something goes on.

bills... billsfan1104

And they also baptized their kids to in a Catholic Church, but then they don't want to attend church or disagrees with the church.

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