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Immaculata Throws Teacher To Wolves

A symbol of Msgr Brennan and Principal Kline's loyalty to embattled teacher who served parish and school for 34 years (Volt Collection/Shutterstock)

Read it, and consider what a parish priest and a Catholic high school principal will do to a veteran teacher and parish worker who spoke intemperately on Facebook about homosexuality, ticking off Susan Sarandon and a drama queen who was on the Real Housewives of New Jersey:


Matthew J. Franck points out something important:

If she is threatened with being fired for what she said, then her job is on the line because she is a devoted Catholic. If she is under the gun for how she said it—and the fact that the Sensitivity Police are offended by it—then she has lots of company, and in high places too.

Here is Pope Benedict XVI, in January 2012: “the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman . . . is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

Here is Pope Francis, as Cardinal Bergoglio in Argentina in 2010, when his nation’s legislature was considering a bill creating same-sex marriage: “Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is not just a bill (a mere instrument) but a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Yes, you know who the Father of Lies is. Cardinal Bergoglio was referring to the devil himself. So we have Francis calling same-sex marriage the work of the devil, and Benedict saying “the future of humanity itself” is at stake. But a high school theology teacher—in a Catholic school—who worries aloud about the fate of “western civ” if marriage is redefined, is unfit to remain a teacher there? Astounding.

UPDATE: Someone who is close to the situation writes to say that the response to all this is not coming from Brennan and Kline, but from the diocese itself, and that we should not assume that Brennan and Kline agree with what is being done to Jannuzzi under their names. Furthermore, the suspension was for imprudent use of social media. This person attended the school and says it has always been very orthodox, as is the parish. Jannuzzi is still working as Director of the New Evangelization and of the St. Thomas More Ministry at the parish.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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