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Catholic School Learns Coach Works for Planned Parenthood, Will Not Renew Contract

A Catholic school in Montana chose not to renew a softball coach’s contract after it was learned that she works at a Planned Parenthood facility, according to LifeNews.com.

“I’m not upset that I lost my job,” reportedly said Tarn Duff, who coached the softball team at Billings Central Catholic School last season. “The only reason they gave me was that I work at Planned Parenthood.”

Patrick Haggerty, superintendent of Catholic Schools in Montana, told the Montana Standard that the school decided not to offer her a contract next year.

Duff had been working as a clinical assistant at Planned Parenthood’s office in Billings. “I absolutely love the work. I have amazing coworkers,” reportedly said Duff. “I believe everyone has a choice to decide what they’re going to do with their body. Planned Parenthood advocates for equal rights, and women and men both go there.”

Haggerty reportedly said, “Certainly being employed by Planned Parenthood, an organization that by its nature violates Catholic moral teaching by providing abortions, is not being a good role model to the children attending Catholic schools.”

“It appears that the school handled this as kindly as possible: her contract was not renewed, which is not the same as firing, and the reason was explained to her personally,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly told LifeSiteNews.

“A Catholic school’s mission is the moral, spiritual and intellectual formation of students in the Catholic faith,” he continued, “so it’s a natural requirement that employees embrace and model Catholic values. A school that makes expectations clear up front and in employee contracts does everyone a favor, so that situations like this ought never be controversial.”

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