CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Archdiocese of Cincinnati today fired an assistant principal for expressing his personal opinion in support of the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples, according to faithinpubliclife.org.
Michael Moroski, the assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, a Catholic private school, confirmed his departure in a statement published on his personal blog.
It was on his personal blog, in fact, where Moroski got into hot water with the Archdiocese for his support of marriage equality.
Here is Moroski’s statement:
On Monday, February 4, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gave me an ultimatum after I expressed my personal opinion in support of freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. I was asked to resign as assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School, or keep my job until June by signing documents recanting my statements. I was given this ultimatum after I wrote a blog on my personal web page, http://mikemoroski.com entitled, “Choosing Your Battles.” I could not in good conscience recant my statements. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has now put me on administrative leave with a pending termination.
As a proud Catholic, I’m heartbroken that my belief that all committed, loving couples should be able to make a public pledge to take responsibility for each other for a lifetime has led to this ultimatum. The expressions of solidarity I have already received from Catholic priests, sisters and justice leaders in the community strengthen my faith during this difficult time. Due to my formation in Catholic grade school, high school and three Catholic universities – not to mention my marriage to the best Catholic I know, my relationship with numerous clergy and a devout Catholic family – I have firmly rooted my life in the Gospel principles of love and justice.
After twelve years of working with teenagers whose respect I have earned, I simply can’t teach them the wrong lesson now and deny my convictions. I would not be able to look them in the eye. I have tried to instill a sense of faith and fortitude in all of them regarding issues of justice for my entire adult life. I did not turn down the Archdiocese’s terms in spite of my faith. I turned them down because of my faith.
- Michael Moroski, Assistant Principal
Purcell Marian High School
Moroski’s firing will likely turbocharge his intentions to run for Cincinnati City Council.
The Roman Catholic Church, meanwhile, is one of the world’s leading faiths in opposition to equal rights for the LGBT community. And today, The Vatican announced that the homophobic Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning on Feb. 28, forcing the secretive re-election of the next pontiff.