Yesterday, he released a statement responding to the Catholic school’s firing of a lesbian religion teacher.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday that the Mercy Sisters who run Waldron Mercy Academy showed “character and common sense” in firing a lesbian teacher who has been married since 2007. In his first direct comment since the firing became public last week – after parents of two students found out about the marriage and complained – Chaput said in a statement, “Schools describing themselves as Catholic take on the responsibility of teaching and witnessing the Catholic faith in a manner true to Catholic belief. “There’s nothing complicated or controversial in this. It’s a simple matter of honesty. “I’m very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Mercy and to the principal and board members of Waldron Mercy for taking the steps to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented in a way fully in accord with the teaching of the church. They’ve shown character and common sense at a moment when both seem to be uncommon.”