Indianapolis Archdiocese Won't Recognize Jesuit High School Due To A Gay Teacher
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Thursday declined to recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic, after the school refused to fire a gay teacher, according to NBC-affiliated station WKYC.
According to a statement by Archbishop Charles Thompson released on Friday, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School "can no longer use the name Catholic and will no longer be identified or recognized as a Catholic institution."
"Whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis recognizes all teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators as ministers," the archdiocese said in a statement Thursday.
In a response published that same day, the 793-student school said it is independent of the archdiocese, and that it has "always maintained control of our school's operations and governance, including our personnel decisions."
The tension between the school and the religious organization had been brewing for two years since the archdiocese "requested verbally that Brebeuf Jesuit not renew this teacher's contract because this teacher's marital status does not conform to church doctrine," said Reverend Brian Paulson, head of the Midwest Province of Jesuits.
This is not the first time the Archdiocese of Indianapolis takes action against LGBTQ school officials. In the past year, a high school operated by the organization fired or suspended two counselors who are part of same-sex marriages.