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Must Maintain Appearances

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 20:31 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

If this woman had gotten an abortion, she would still have her job.

Michelle McCusker, 26, who is 4½ months pregnant, was fired last month from St. Rose of Lima School in Queens, N.Y., for violating “the tenets of Catholic morality,” according to her termination letter signed by the principal.

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The young teacher said that less than a week after telling the principal that she was pregnant, keeping the baby and had no plans to marry, she got the ax.

“I don’t understand how a religion that prides itself on forgiving and on valuing life could terminate me because I’m pregnant,” she said sobbing, with her parents at her side.

Excellent question, Michelle.

This is the same organization that refused to fire molester priests until the situation exploded into a nationwide scandal. The same organization that asked for the resignation of an embezzling priest but failed to notify law enforcement. The same organization that would welcome back a former bishop (free registration required) who broke his vow of celibacy and secretly fathered a child.

It is apparent that many Catholic leaders are more worried about promoting and preserving an image of purity than actually doing the right thing. The hypocrisy is disgusting.

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  1. Sunday, November 27, 2005, 02:39 EDT at 02:39

    I’m guessing you’re a liberal. Michelle McCusker BROKE her contract. She shouldn’t have signed that contract if there was a chance she’d get pregnant. She should’ve gotten a job at a public school where a Morality Code is not in the contract. DUH! I truly feel sorry for her former and future students and her child. She doesn’t seem to be that intelligent at all.

  2. Monday, November 28, 2005, 14:09 EDT at 14:09

    Anonymous, I’m guessing you’re a right-wing sexist. I’m also guessing you’re a coward or you wouldn’t have posted anonymously. But I’m not surprised.You’re probably also one of those people who think that there are sins and then there are Sins with a capital “S” (as in sex).I haven’t seen this teacher’s contract, but I’d bet money it doesn’t say anything about getting pregnant. It most likely includes a clause about generally upholding the teachings of the Roman Catholic church, which include proscription of all sorts of sins. We are all sinners, so to use your reasoning, no one who ever does anything wrong should ever sign a contract to teach at a Catholic school.If this woman had gotten married upon finding out she was pregnant, would she have been fired? I believe not, because her “sin” would not have been obvious. If she had had an abortion, would she have been fired? Of course not, because her “sin” would have been covered up by another, which is often how people avoid getting caught in something that might get them into hot water.This woman has upheld the teachings of the Catholic church in respecting life, refusing to kill her unborn child, and being willing to be an example for doing the right thing even though it has cost her a job. That makes her infinitely more worthy of being a role model for young Christians than I’m guessing you would be, violating as you do Jesus’ words that “the one who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

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