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Backlash on gay teacherís firing may hit diocese annual fund drive
The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/2/2013 | JoAnne Viviano

Posted on 05/02/2013 5:40:20 PM PDT by markomalley

Critics of the firing of a gay Catholic-school teacher have threatened to withhold donations from a fundraiser that kicks off this weekend and pulls in millions each year for Diocese of Columbus programs.

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal aims to raise $6 million in pledges from parishes across the 23-county diocese. Last year, the appeal received pledges from more than 24,000 households, raising $6.7 million to exceed the 2012 goal by nearly 15 percent.

But some backers of Carla Hale, the physical-education teacher who was fired from Bishop Watterson High School in March, say they won’t be tossing money into Bishop Frederick Campbell’s coffers this year.

Amanda Finelli, a 2005 alumna who runs the #halestormOhio advocacy group, said she won’t donate because “money speaks to the diocese.” Goals of the group are to get Hale reinstated and to encourage the diocese to revise employment policies.

Finelli, who lives near Upper Arlington, said she hasn’t directed other Hale supporters to withhold donations. But, she said, it has been discussed as a possible course of action.

She said the group is creating “mock checks” that parishioners can put in collection baskets in lieu of donations. The checks will allow users to fill in a blank to let churches know where their money is being donated instead.

Hale was fired from Bishop Watterson, in Clintonville, after she listed her partner’s name in an obituary published in The Dispatch. She wants to be reinstated, is pursuing a grievance through the local Catholic teachers union and has filed a complaint with the city of Columbus under an ordinance that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Campbell said this week that Hale wasn’t fired because she is gay but because her “quasi-spousal relationship” violates church teachings, her employment contract and diocesan policy.

When asked how he responds to concerns about a drop in donations to the Annual Appeal, Campbell said he tries to explain that it’s his responsibility to maintain the Catholic identity of diocesan institutions.

Tom Barford, a 1961 Watterson alumnus who lives on the North Side, said he supports Hale’s firing because “Catholic school teachers are to teach with their actions as well as their books."

He argued that withholding money won’t get Hale rehired or change the teaching of the church.

“It will only hurt people who really need that money,” Barford said. “That money goes to people who are in desperate need of help.”

The fundraiser backs a wide range of ministries, including vocations, retreat centers, Catholic schools, services for the needy, hospitalized and infirm, and programs for minorities, youth, couples and families. In a flier on the 2013 campaign, the bishop says the funds raised will have an impact on all parishes in the diocese.

Vivian Harvey, 73, of the Northwest Side, said she used to give $1,000 to the annual fundraiser but stopped for various reasons. She won’t give this year because of Hale’s firing and other issues.

Harvey, whose sons attended St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley, called the firing an “ incredible injustice.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: antichristian; homosexualagenda
If you happen to have a couple of extra bucks, you can help make up some of the threatened lost money by donating $5 - $10 to the Bishop's Appeal.

If you choose to do so, in the "note" block on the donation form, please be so good as to indicate that you are supporting Bishop Campbell in the Carla Hale matter.

(I think even a small outpouring of support from outside of the Columbus Diocese would be very well noted)

1 posted on 05/02/2013 5:40:20 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: little jeremiah; narses; wagglebee; NYer; Salvation; Pyro7480

ping for your lists.


2 posted on 05/02/2013 5:40:57 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Lib newspaper.

Believe their claim of the school funding problems only if you are not quite all there.


3 posted on 05/02/2013 5:42:51 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote
Believe their claim of the school funding problems only if you are not quite all there.

I believe that they are trying to turn the screws on this bishop to get him to wilt.

4 posted on 05/02/2013 5:43:42 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Of course, because homos regularly donate to Catholic schools.


5 posted on 05/02/2013 5:44:25 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
Of course, because homos regularly donate to Catholic schools.

A lot of pro-aborts and pro-homosexuals paid $2,500 a plate to donate to this dinner.

Columbus ain't NYC, but there are plenty who feel the same way.

6 posted on 05/02/2013 5:48:35 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Viennacon

no homos usethe homo issue to divide heteros - sympathetic, and those with a biblical worldview.

try telling muslims they must tolerate gays in their religious institutions. see how well that flies. as well as pork sandwich fridays would.


7 posted on 05/02/2013 5:54:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: markomalley

Who wants to bet that the Diocese racks in more money than ever?


8 posted on 05/02/2013 5:55:18 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Where did this protest group come from? I always say follow the money, there are so many loud liberal groups because they are getting money to form these groups and organize. Sometimes this money comes from us the taxpayers. Conservative lawmakers should look into this.


9 posted on 05/02/2013 6:00:21 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Where did this protest group come from? I always say follow the money, there are so many loud liberal groups because they are getting money to form these groups and organize. Sometimes this money comes from us the taxpayers. Conservative lawmakers should look into this.


10 posted on 05/02/2013 6:00:22 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: markomalley

“Vivian Harvey, 73, of the Northwest Side, said she used to give $1,000 to the annual fundraiser but stopped for various reasons. She won’t give this year because of Hale’s firing and other issues.”

LOL this is just comedy gold.


11 posted on 05/02/2013 6:01:09 PM PDT by Varda (Let's Go Pens!)
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To: markomalley

The author seems to present a liberal point of view to religious beliefs (something liberals no doubt know very little about). Mainly, the piece seems to be incredulous that a church would rather stand on their beliefs than compromise just for a few more dollars.


12 posted on 05/02/2013 6:01:14 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: markomalley

The Columbus Dispatch is a left wing rag that spends most of its time sucking up to and covering for Mayor Coleman. IOW yet another leftIst rags yet. And the Bishop’s Appeal will do just fine.


13 posted on 05/02/2013 6:02:17 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: markomalley

Considering the fact that the folks who would be upset about this were unlikely to give to the fund drive, anyway, I don’t think there will be THAT much of a drop off in donations.


14 posted on 05/02/2013 6:04:46 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: markomalley

I just donated.


15 posted on 05/02/2013 6:30:50 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: markomalley; Da Coyote; Viennacon; SuzyQ; TexasFreeper2009
I just made a donation online. I had to list a parish so I just chose one at random. I used the comment form to thank the Bishoip for keeping Catholic institutuons Catholic.

Just drop in a fiver for the pleasue of giving him an attaboy.

16 posted on 05/02/2013 6:31:02 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: markomalley

It seems that a lot of Catholics are pro-gay marriage and abortion especially Catholic women who are also fond of Obama. Maybe these liberal Catholics should join the United Methodists or the Lutheran Church ELCA. They would fit right in at those churches.


17 posted on 05/02/2013 6:33:16 PM PDT by Adonijah1943
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

18 posted on 05/02/2013 6:35:33 PM PDT by narses
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To: markomalley

I doubt that they are hurt by this at all. No one likes fags except the media.


19 posted on 05/02/2013 6:42:39 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Adonijah1943

They would make even better episcopalians.


20 posted on 05/02/2013 6:44:17 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: markomalley

Just made a $50 donation from the Archdiocese of Boston.I included a note stating as much.


21 posted on 05/02/2013 7:05:39 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Adonijah1943
It seems that a lot of Catholics are pro-gay marriage and abortion especially Catholic women...

No there aren't.There are,however,a fair number of Unitarian/Universalists who support these things while pretending to be Catholics.Ted Kennedy and John Friggin Kerry are just two examples.

22 posted on 05/02/2013 7:08:52 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: markomalley

[[Backlash on gay teacher’s firing may hit diocese annual fund drive]]

Oh well- Take oen For God Diocese


23 posted on 05/02/2013 8:06:53 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: markomalley

Like I told our liberal pastor;

“Some folks are more concerned about the collection plate than teaching the Word of God.”


24 posted on 05/02/2013 8:33:11 PM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Why to Boston? I thought the point was to support the bishop and the diocese of Columbus, so they knew they had backers to stand strong.


25 posted on 05/02/2013 8:44:28 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: markomalley

In this case, I just might send what I am withholding from our current bishop and his lesbian factotums and his mealymouthed and mostly absent pronouncements in our diocese. He came to us highly recommended from Cleveland, and has proven to disappoint in nearly every category ever since.


26 posted on 05/02/2013 8:50:31 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: markomalley

Liberals are so stingy, there’s no danger the diocese will suffer much from their “withholding” their “contributions.”


27 posted on 05/03/2013 7:16:11 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: markomalley

After a campaign to draw awareness to the HHS Abortion Mandate, Dolan said, “We took a breather.” Thus allowing Obama to win.

This is Dolan “breathing.”

Dolan has yet to do anything in his career to prove he’s a believing Catholic. I.e., that he believes in something other than his career.


28 posted on 05/03/2013 7:26:54 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: FamiliarFace
Why to Boston? I thought the point was to support the bishop and the diocese of Columbus, so they knew they had backers to stand strong.

No,I gave to the Diocese of Columbus (at the link provided) and identified myself as being part of the Boston Archdiocese who supports Columbus's Bishop.

29 posted on 05/03/2013 8:32:49 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

My bad. Thanks for clarifying my obvious error. I’m so embarrassed at my reading comprehension.


30 posted on 05/03/2013 8:36:49 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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