The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced in statement to the press that they will no longer formally recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic school
The formal decree made by Archbishop Charles Thompson was published in the archdiocese’s newspaper on Friday June 21, 2019.
Archbishop Charles Thompson said that the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recognizes all Catholic school administrators, guidance counselors, ministers and teachers.
As a result of the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School not abiding by the teachings of the Catholic Church, we are forced to sever ties with the school.
According to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, all employees of Catholic schools must “convey and be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.”
Archdiocese of Indianapolis Cuts Ties After Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Refuses to Fire Gay Teacher
Since the church does not recognize same-sex marriage, the public knowledge of the gay teacher’s marriage resulted in the archdiocese’s interference, said Archbishop Charles Thompson.
“Regrettably, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has freely chosen not to enter into such agreements that protect the important ministry of communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students,” read the archdiocese’s statement. “Therefore, Brebeuf … will no longer be recognized as a Catholic institution nor are they allowed to use the name Catholic without the permission of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.”
This means that the school “can no longer use the name Catholic,” according to the statement. The Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School will also be removed from the archdiocese’s Catholic school directory.
The Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School posted a video about the split with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Twitter. Needless to say support for the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has been overwhelmingly supportive.
We are saddened by today’s news, but we are so grateful for the ongoing support of our community. We are, and always will be, an independent, Catholic, Jesuit school. #BeBrave pic.twitter.com/xCKQKEG86u
— Brebeuf Jesuit (@BrebeufJesuit) June 20, 2019
As a Catholic who fears for the future of our Church . I applaud your stance. To many have been left out and felt marginalize. A good first step. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Elva P.B (@samced03) June 21, 2019
Thank you for representing the true intent of our faith.
— Kylie Swymer (@kyswy) June 20, 2019
This is why I went to Jesuit schools and later taught at Jesuit schools. As a gay man. ❤️❤️
— Alex LaCasse (@XanderCasse) June 21, 2019
So proud to know this man and have learned so much under his leadership. Such a #ManForOthers – thank you Fr.Bill!!!!
— JKauff79 (@JKauff79) June 20, 2019
Again, voice your support for the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as they stand up for whats right.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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