Skip to comments.Lesbian Catholic school AD forced out of job after marriage
Posted on 09/04/2010 3:06:15 PM PDT by markomalley
Tuesday evening, Christine Judd was still the Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass. Then suddenly, after a single meeting on Wednesday morning, she was not.
According to MassLive.com, Judd met with officials of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield Wednesday after the diocese -- which runs Cathedral and other Catholic schools in the Springfield area -- learned that Judd, an open lesbian, married her longtime partner in August.
Judd isn't a newcomer to Cathedral. The Springfield resident served as AD for three years and dean of students for six years. She'd been at Cathedral 12 years in all before she "resigned," on Wednesday. And though she may have technically resigned, her decision didn't seem to be so open ended when you hear Judd describe the options that the diocese presented her with.
"I was given a choice of termination or resignation," Judd said. "I'm hurt, but I wish nothing but the best for Cathedral, its students, the parents, the athletic teams, administration and faculty. I bleed purple (the school's color)." ...
"I married my partner this summer," Judd said. "I was hoping that my loyalty, my professionalism the last 12 years would supersede the current hypocrisy that has already been shown with the Diocese of Springfield."
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If she resigned then what is she complaining about? Had she been fired, then she could have some kind of legal case against her employer.
No hints of her orientation before she was promoted to Dean of Students? Doesn’t raise my opinion of the American Catholic Church.
“Lesbian Catholic school AD forced out of job after marriage”
But it was ok to have it in a position of power over Catholic youth?
She talks of hypocrisy, and yet she had no shame in showing hers by staying a member of a church whose teachings she was not prepared to live by. She could have either left the church and joined or started another religion more in line with her own beliefs, or she could have stayed and repented her behaviour and resolve to change. Instead, she tried to have her cake and eat it. I’m not a catholic, but I know hypocrisy when I see it...
put ‘her’ in a habit and you will have about 25% of the nuns who tought me for 8 years in the Catholic grammar School I attended
Terribly crafted headline from yahoo. At first blush, one would think there’s a lesbian Catholic school.
Well, as far as I can tell the American Catholic Church doesn’t come into it. That’s just some Protestant group that fakes being Catholic.
As far as the Roman Catholic Church goes, I think they will survive your informed disapproval.
Vaquero, mi amigo, Apparently I wasn’t the only 13 year old to notice the viciousness of the sisterhood. Ay, chihuahua!
Let’s see, she chose resignation over termination. If she had a leg to stand on, she would have chosen termination with the intent to litigate her case.
What is not mentioned here is whether she had some sort of contract with a morals clause. If she were not to marry her partner, there was always the hope for redemption but outwardly flanting her transgression against church doctrine she rolled the dice and lost.
My only question is why was this allowed to go on so long? Her “long-time” partner? It should have been nipped in the bud from the inception.
Religious exemptions apply; she would have had no case. I can’t believe that the diocese had the cojones to fire her; there is hope.
"Technically, the Springfield diocese is within its rights. While same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004, it's strictly against diocese policy. That means that Judd breached her contract when she was married this summer.
Or you did, and are just gay trolls.
Thank heavens some people in authority can still be trusted to do the right thing, as opposed to schools like Notre Dame!
See post 17.
Really; I’m shocked.
What gave them the first clue that she was a LESBIAN?????
Ok, Irish Catholic. Not Roman Catholic! Heh.
? Do you really think the diocese had to promote a lesbian to be dean of students?
Am I reading the article wrong or did this woman in fact live openly in a lesbian relationship for a number of years while acting as AD of a Latin Rite HS and being described as a pillar of the Church? Was that all OK until she “married”? Was the gay sex outside of marriage OK but the “marriage” was just too much for the diocese to take?
I’d love to know if she regularly received communion.
Not good, mom.
Not only that but she believes that her service gives her the right to defy the church.
Or better yet, hire folks who are only too happy to work for the church.
All the used D cells in her trash?
Just call me Karnac the Magnificent! LOL
What I find interesting is that the secular articles reporting this story claim that Judd is an "open lesbian," but I will bet she was not in the least bit "open" about her sexual orientation when applying for the job at Cathedral High School....when she was duly informed about Church policy.
If Judd did not agree with Church teaching, she should have applied for a job at a public school. But she did not.
Here is an excerpt from the report published in the online edition of the Catholic Observer called IObserve:
CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL'S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, DEAN OF STUDENTS RESIGNS
Sept. 3, 2010
...Iobserve has learned that pictures of Judds civil marriage were circulating on the Internet and those photos were brought to the attention of officials earlier this week.
In a written statement, diocesan spokesperson Mark E. Dupont stated, Without being specific to this matter, it should be clear that all employees of our Catholic schools are made aware of our policies and regulations, this includes language that clearly states that whenever by public example, an employee engages in or espouses conduct which contravenes the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, that employee may be subject to disciplinary action.
Judd, in her capacity as athletic director would have been well informed on school policies especially in her supervision of employees in the many sports programs. Nonetheless, in her comments to the Springfield newspaper she charged the diocese with hypocrisy, a claim Dupont refuted.
Our past failings do not give us license to ignore well known church teaching, Dupont commented to Iobserve. To do so would be, in fact, a hypocrisy and contradiction to the values we believe in and are teaching in our schools; so while we certainly want to be compassionate and understanding, we must be true to who we are.
In closing Dupont stated, We are certainly thankful to Ms. Judd for her past service at Cathedral High School and wish her the best in the future.
Not Irish Catholic either.
Well done! We should all show our appreciation by sending a small donation to the Diocese.
I’m wondering the same. Why was she hired in the first place? If they found out she was gay after she was hired, why wasn’t she let go immediately?
In your mind are homosexuals that openly flaunt their perverted lifestyle immune from termination from religious organizations who openly state it is against their doctrinal teachings?
"In a written statement, diocesan spokesperson Mark E. Dupont stated, Without being specific to this matter, it should be clear that all employees of our Catholic schools are made aware of our policies and regulations, this includes language that clearly states that whenever by public example, an employee engages in or espouses conduct which contravenes the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, that employee may be subject to disciplinary action.
“They are everywhere” Believe me, gays and lesbians are attracted to jobs that involve contact with children. No, they are not pedophiles, they are QUEERS and plan to advance their agenda every chance that they get! Their influence must be stopped. Who’d of thunk that she was a lesbian? /sarcasm off
Who writes these headlines? Sit back and read what you have written. It makes no sense to be writing about a lesbian catholic school. I am hoping that there are none to write about. C- on the report.
ouch. will leave mark.
guess she pushed the edge of the envelop too far
Where's a Phinehas, when you need one?
(See Num 25:6-15)
I attended Catholic elementary school in the ‘70’s, and our softball coach back then was openly lesbian. In hindsight, I wonder - do Catholic schools tend to overlook these things when they hire coaches?
No wonder most "Catholic" young people are in favor of same-sex "marriage." Their leaders let the sodomites teach them.
What termination? The person in question resigned on her own will. As a result, there is no legal quibble with her former employer.
I certainly have nothing against a religious organization enforcing its rules of conduct on its employees. I am just simply pointing out that as a result of this person willingly resigning, as opposed to being fired, she has 0 legal standing against her employer.
I'm just glad that the diocese decided to do something when they did. Don't forget that this is Massachusetts. Not exactly known to be the most conservative area of the country nor the most conservative dioceses in the country.
As for the thought that the diocese and school should have known...I think it is very, very possible that they didn't. If she didn't talk about her private life, if she didn't flaunt a relationship with her girlfriend (e.g., public displays of affection...bringing her "partner" around to work and introducing her around, and so on), if she didn't demand partner benefits such as insurance for her partner, and so on, I don't see that there would be any necessary reason for them to know for sure. We are trained that rash judgments, detraction, and calumny are all sins against the eighth commandment. Perhaps that may have led to a bit of blinders being placed on her supervisor at school...not picking up on telltale signs. But the bottom line is that unless she flaunted it and made it painfully obvious, it is very feasible that he wouldn't have known.
Think about if she was an alcoholic rather than a homosexual. She could get trashed every night after work; but until she brings the issue into work, work might not ever have reason to know what her problem is. In other words, private sin...still very grave...versus public scandal.
“While same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004, it’s strictly against diocese policy. That means that Judd breached her contract when she was married this summer. Mark Dupont, a spokesman for the Springfield Diocese, indicated that Judd’s departure was a direct result of her decision.”
She had to know the consequences of her actions. She chose this....she is not being persecuted. The only problem I see is that they let her stay employed so long.
Placemark for pingout tomorrow.
Please. This was a "diplomatic" termination. What else does, "resign or you're terminated" supposed to mean?
Regardless, the termination was warranted.
"If Judd did not agree with Church teaching, she should have applied for a job at a public school. But she did not."
Exactly. One must wonder why she even took the job at a Catholic school.