Skip to comments.Gay California Catholic teacher's firing sparks online petition
Posted on 08/02/2013 3:09:13 AM PDT by markomalley
A Catholic high school teacher said he was fired for marrying his gay partner soon after same-sex matrimony was made legal in California, prompting a Web-based push to see him reinstated.
The petition drive in support of English instructor Ken Bencomo on the online petition platform Change.org has gathered over 9,000 signatures from his former students and people as far away as Spain since it was launched earlier this week.
The teacher and his partner were among a wave of same-sex couples who married after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June cleared the way for gay weddings to resume in California for the first time since 2008.
If Bencomo sues, his attorney, Patrick McGarrigle, sees it as a potential test case of legal protections some religious institutions assert they have in hiring and firing based on principles of faith.
Bencomo taught at the all-girls St. Lucy's Priory High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora for over 16 years, but was terminated in July, a little more than a week after marrying his longtime partner, McGarrigle said on Thursday.
Brittany Littleton, 23, a former student at St. Lucy's, is leading the online petition, which asks administrators to "reverse this act of prejudice" against her former teacher and "give him his job back."
A Beverly Hills resident and yoga instructor, Littleton said her drive was not meant to tear down St. Lucy's, which she described as pushing students to be "forward thinking."
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(no sarcasm...if you see the liturgies from the annual LA Archdiocese Education conventions, you'd understand why...)
He should never have been hired.
If he wants to pack his friends fudge that is up to him, he should not expect the catholic Church to subsidize it.
His firing was a lesson.
Leftists are such huge hypocrites
If a public school fired a guy for not approving of the homo lifestyle, they would all applaud
leftist CINOs are the biggest hypocrites of all, sadly
The whiners can petition all they want, but the contract will prevail.
Perhaps he could be rehired after his divorce next year. (/s)
Thanks to Frances the Pope, the homosexual agenda has a
foothold in the church. Now that homosexuals can be
priests and teachers with the blessing of the pope, their
next move will be the acceptance of gay marriage.
Does SATAN get pay for overtime?? (He’s earned it recently).
You clearly have no clue what you are talking about.
The rules regarding admission to the seminary are clear. One of the rules is no homosexuals!
Go grind your ax elsewhere.
This may be the cat's paw which forces the school to back down, in the same way that the Boy Scouts' allowing homosexual Boy Scouts will lead to homosexual Boy Scout Leaders.
Either you have a set of moral standards or you don't.
You clearly have no clue what you are talking about. Go grind your ax elsewhere.
That sounds awfully judgmental.
Either you have a set of moral standards or you don't.
It's not quite that simple. Canon Law is somewhat sensitive to the public nature of scandal. If the school knew about the relationship, but it could be reasonably presumed that the public did not, they opted not to expose his private sin as a matter of prudential judgment. Once he went public with his "marriage", though, they had no choice but to cut ties. Just a guess, although they may as well have cut ties once they knew about it, because they ended up (likely) getting sued anyhow.
Guess Anthony Kennedy can start sharpening his spear against the Church. This'll be coming his way in a couple of years I imagine.
Canon law will most likely be deemed irrelevant in the eyes of secular law. And yes, Kennedy will most likely consider the teachings of the Church to be based upon malice.
"From saving animals to sharing her passion for vegan food to pursuing her acting dream - there's not doubt that Miss Brittany Littleton is destined for success!"
“The rules regarding admission to the seminary are clear. One of the rules is no homosexuals!”
“His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.”
My ax is not with the church but with the homosexual
agenda and it’s enablers. My pastor told me today,
“ It’s not the messenger as much as the words he teaches. Your faith is in your heart not his”.
So I guess it doesn’t matter.
How long has that rule been in effect???
Very selective mis-reading. If a person of good will confesses their sins, with a firm purpose of amendment, he is forgiven by God.
The Pope’s statement, consistent with 2000 years of Church teaching, is that men, even priests, bishops and popes, are in no position to judge a person’s heart.
Homosexuals of good will, like any other sinner of good will, can receive forgiveness, and their sins forgotten, BY GOD. Who are we, then, to judge?
Also, the report misconstrues the Pope’s statement, dreaming and wishing that Church teaching has changed. It hasn’t.
The Pope continues, quite successfully, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as handed down by the Apostles. Also note, that he preaches the same Gospel by his actions, as well as his words.
While the Church profoundly respects "the persons in question," she "cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture.'" ("Criteria for the Discernment of Vocation With Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies," 2005 - Link to Text)
Pope Francis said nothing changing or opposing this statement in any form.
He did say that he would not judge a priest who experiences a homosexual orientation, if he "searches for the Lord and has good will." For a priest, of course, the "good will" would include lifelong celibacy.
There was not a word said about approving homosxual conduct --- not for anyone, not at any time.
What was it that misled you on this? Probably the crooked spin put on this story by the EneMedia.
We should be a good deal more skeptical of the continuous, pervasive media bias which serves the corrupt secular agenda.
If he were just sharing a house with a man --- for example --- there wouldn't be any public proof of a homosexual relationship. Many guys share apartments or houses with other guys, not only as students but in many other circumstances, best friends, business associates, especially in places where housing is expensive and salaries are low.
Marriage, however, proclaims their cohabitation as an unmistakably sexualized arrangement. That's where an institution which opposes sodomy is forced to draw a line.
The word "homosexuality" didn't even enter into Church parlance until fairly recently. Previously, the concept of a persistent sensual weakness would have been covered by the more general word "concupiscence." A man strongly under the influence of any of the passions (this would mean any form of sexual covetousness, as well as covetousness for money, luxury, personal prominence, power) would be considered unsuitable for seminary or for ordination.
This, in turn, would go back to the Council of Trent document Cum adolescentium aetas which called for the foundation of the first modern diocesan seminaries (as distinct from monastic novitiates), which were to train candidates for the priesthood in intellectual and spiritual discipline, "to extirpate heresy and reform morals", as it decreed in its Fifth Session (June, 1546)
Thanks for the info...
Thank you for the details.