Mar 9, 2014
Seattle Catholics Rage Against Firing of Gay Principal
Posted on Dec 20, 2013
Students of Seattle’s Catholic schools rolled into the streets Thursday to protest the Archdiocese of Seattle’s firing of Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal Mark Zmuda for marrying a man.
Sister Mary Tracy, a school spokeswoman, told KING 5 news that “a church decision is not a school decision.” A letter sent to students said that marrying a man “violated his employment contract.”
Dominic Holden at Seattle’s The Stranger points out that the Catholic Church has had a tough time containing the progressivism of the city’s congregants. In the 1980s, “the laity beat back the Vatican to defend a gay mass at St. James Cathedral and protect their gay-friendly archbishop. And ... last year, when Catholics for Marriage Equality beat back the bigoted Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who turned the entire archdiocese into an anti-gay lobbying arm of Rome. Seattle’s Catholics out-campaigned him and marched in gay pride.”
See photos of the demonstrations here.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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