The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend fired a non-Catholic teacher at a Catholic school for attempting to use IVF to become pregnant. I agree that she should have been fired, because she agreed, as an employee, to abide by certain standards of conduct, which she then violated. And the violation was grave, since it involves the deaths of innocent prenatals.
I predict that this custom of firing non-Catholics working for the Church, because they have violated Catholic teaching, will eventually become so widespread that even Catholics who violate Church teaching will be fired.
It is somewhat hypocritical for dioceses to fire non-Catholics who refuse to abide by Catholic teaching, when many dioceses (perhaps even ALL dioceses) continue to ’employ’ priests, religious, paid employees, and unpaid volunteers, in many different positions in parishes and dioceses, even though many of these persons do not abide by definitive Catholic teaching on important matters of faith or morals.
Shouldn’t we start by cleaning our own house?
IVF results in the direct killing of innocent prenatals. But so does the continual use of abortifacient contraception. Does any diocese fire all employees who use abortifacient contraception? (If so, please inform me, so I can move there. I would love to live in a diocese where the Bishop fires anyone who rejects, by word or by deed, definitive Catholic teaching.)
Does any diocese fire all employees who are living in sin in a heterosexual or a homosexual relationship? Cardinal Schönborn just recently approved of the election, to a parish council, of a homosexual living in a civil union with his male lover. Why hasn’t that parish council member been fired? For that matter, why hasn’t Cardinal Schönborn been fired?
What percentage of parish employees and volunteers use contraception regularly and/or reject Church teaching on that subject? What percentage reject the teaching of the Church that direct abortion is always immoral, even in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother? What percentage reject Catholic teaching on homosexuality and same-sex marriage?
If it were up to me, I’d require all Church employees to sign a written profession of faith…. but the Church already requires that, and it does no good! They sign, and continue sinning.
I don’t think the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will win this lawsuit, because the lawyer can ask whether the Bishop has fired every employee who violates Church teaching, especially on the subject of abortion and abortifacient contraception, which has much the same gravity, for much the same reason, as IVF. I think that the answer, very likely, is “No”, he does not fire Catholics who use abortifacient contraception. And if he is asked whether, from now on, he will do so, I think the answer will again be “No.” Unfortunately.