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Protests planned at Seattle-area Catholic
school over contested teacher resignations

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 2/18/2020 10:47:43 AM

Students, parents, and alumni are planning protests at Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien this week over the recent resignations of two teachers. School officials say the resignations were voluntary. But some say Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie were forced out over their sexuality. Students plan to stage a protest inside the school on Tuesday morning. (snip) The controversy has already caught the eye of King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 2/18/2020 10:55:56 AM (No. 322221)
Why do these people continue to call themselves Catholic? They should be called to account for their hypocrisy.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: EliotRosewater49 2/18/2020 10:58:08 AM (No. 322224)
Private Catholic school can hire and fire anyone for cause. If these teachers signed a contract I am assuming it requires comportment compliant with catholic teaching.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 2/18/2020 11:10:46 AM (No. 322245)
They both knew the rules. If they want to teach and be married to same sex partners, they can teach in public schools or a school that doesn't have the rules a Catholic school has. Shame on the alumni, parents and students who don't respect the rules of their church.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LadyHen 2/18/2020 11:11:52 AM (No. 322247)
fta: ""When people have injustice against them, you stand up for them," said Jen Southwell, a parent of 2 students at Kennedy Catholic High School. "And it’s just amazing that the church is not doing this right now."" Well Jen, last I checked at least on paper the Catholic Church says men having sex with other men and "marrying" each other is a sin. Same can be said of lesbians and folks shacking up. Sin is a disease and it is bad for us and since the church is kinda the expert on this stuff and more than likely all the teachers at these schools have to sign a morality contract, I'm guessing these teachers were confronted with the blatant disregard for this contract, church teaching, and their public proclamation of their sin and thus were ALLOWED to resign instead of being fired. Now maybe your Catholic Church is different but probably you are just a sad misinformed person with little to no knowledge of the Church's teachings and the importance of eschewing sin especially when one is a roll model for young people. But I hold out little hope priests and bishops will correct your ignorance or that you would be willing to learn. When your life is governed by how everything "feels" right now that leaves little room for the real Christ, physician and redeemer of our souls
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 2/18/2020 11:13:29 AM (No. 322251)
A worthless, information-free "report". "Forced out.....over their sexuality." No information of what that might be. So, my guess, since it is a Catholic school and this is extreme lefty Seattle area, maybe they are homosexuals - which is directly counter to Biblical teachings. But given the worthless, nearly information free nature of this "report", who knows, maybe they have sex with horses and someone objected. Sorry, a private school can hire and fire at will, needs no approval from anyone.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: seamusm 2/18/2020 11:20:15 AM (No. 322267)
We on this board of all people understand that teachers are an important help to parents instilling not just factual knowledge but values. Teachers who couldn't read or write would never be desirable teachers. Similarly, those who represent (and especially flaunt) immoral lifestyles, have no place in front of our children.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: john56 2/18/2020 11:32:43 AM (No. 322285)
I could see how working at a "Kennedy Catholic" school could cause some of their employees to have questionable moral decisions. Maybe they should change the name to "St. John Paul II Catholic School" so that any questions about moral issues are quickly resolved.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DARling 2/18/2020 12:14:14 PM (No. 322326)
Ha ha, #7. Commit sins all week and you're good, as long as you go to confession. Then give money to fund a new wing of the school. That's the Kennedy way.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: bamboozle 2/18/2020 12:27:24 PM (No. 322342)
Confession is effective only if the penitent truly is sorry for their sins and has a firm purpose of amendment and avoiding the sin in the future. Confessing while knowing that you are not sorry and will go on with the same sin won't cut it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: jacksin5 2/18/2020 12:38:55 PM (No. 322356)
Why did the protesting parents choose to send their children to a Catholic School ? A better education, of course. Part of that teaching is the morality inherent in the Catholic Faith, embodied in the Holy Bible. Catholic school curriculum is not a la carte. If you have issues with it, find a secular Private school, or enroll the kiddos in Public school.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Smart11344 2/18/2020 12:47:52 PM (No. 322365)
I graduated from HS in 1962. I was aware of two possible teachers, one gay, one lesbian. To the best of my knowledge they never flaunted it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: SALady 2/18/2020 1:07:52 PM (No. 322383)
The school needs to see which parents are protesting, and expel their children immediately. No apologies, no explanation. Just "your kids are no longer students at this private Catholic school"!!!! Those kids clearly need to be in the public indoctrination centers (oops, I mean "schools") if they don't want to follow Catholic moral teaching. Nobody forces a parent to put their children in any private school. But if you attend a private school, you agree to the rules of that private school. If you work at a private school, you even more-so agree to the rules of that private school.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Krause 2/18/2020 1:22:54 PM (No. 322406)
Knowing the teachings of the Bible, you have to wonder why they chose a Catholic school to teach. Unless they are there to corrupt it, like the left likes to do.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: MeiDei 2/18/2020 3:34:17 PM (No. 322555)
Many a religious non-Catholic in our area has fought for placement in our Catholic schools - and not been denied. Students, parents, and staff all follow the rules - perhaps they do ''an offensive it'' off-site and out of sight. What is obvious is a happy symmetry.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: tom7 2/18/2020 8:04:05 PM (No. 322789)
The effrontery ! To think that those Catholic schools think they can impose Catholicism on their schools! What chutzpah! Those Catholic students would be far better served in government schools anyway.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: LaVallette 2/19/2020 5:40:34 AM (No. 323079)
The arrogance of young people supported by their parents: Vote with your feet you cowards and go to your local public schools.
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