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Fr. Thomas Reese Undermines Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Identity in Schools

Father Thomas Reese S.J., a former Georgetown University professor who is reportedly a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University in Calif., recently undercut some bishops’ efforts to strengthen their schools’ Catholic identity in comments reported by NBC News.

The Diocese of Oakland recently joined the growing number of dioceses adding language to Catholic school teacher contracts to better ensure that teachers uphold Catholic teaching.  The Catholic dioceses of  Cincinnati, Honolulu, and Santa Rosa have announced similar adjustments.

NBC News reports:

“This is happening now because you now have employees whose lives and marriages are public,” Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter and a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University told NBC Bay Area. “People see same-sex wedding announcements in the paper now, when before it was, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’’’

Some bishops are responding to this behavior, Reese said, by “arguing that these people are not observing Catholic teachings and therefore shouldn’t be working for us.”

“I don’t think their argument holds water,” Reese added. “If they were consistent, they’d fire anyone who got divorced and remarried, or who lived together.”

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