One of the issues at hand is the problem of people identifying themselves as Catholic schoolteachers going out on social media to bash the Church for refusing to bless homosexual sex acts or the sinful unions centered around them, or giving vocal support to other grave sins that can (under the usual conditions) help a person choose eternal damnation and the fires of Hell. Revealing a bit too much about their own lack of actual Catholic education, San Francisco’s Catholic school parents are apparently outraged that the archbishop actually thinks that sodomy, fornication, adultery, masturbation, contraception, abortion, or porn use are morally problematic for Catholics; some San Francisco Catholics seem to think that such activities are not only benign but exactly what everyone needs to have a good weekend, or something.
Part of the outrage seems to be on free speech grounds. Why, just because someone works for a Catholic school doesn’t mean he or she couldn’t moonlight as a porn star, advocate for gay “marriage,” or belong to NAMBLA, right? It’s not like we expect teachers to be people kids can look up to or that we’re so judgmental that we don’t think porn stars are admirable models for the youth of American anyway...
One thing that I find interesting, though, is that even in the secular world the idea that your employer should just overlook anything impolitic or against your employer’s values really doesn’t exist:
NEW YORK (AP) — When one of Ileaa Swift's employees posted homophobic comments on Facebook, the reaction was quick.
"It posted around 1 in the morning. The next morning, when I got up, I had all these calls and emails and hate mail," says Swift, owner of Swift Travel Deals in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Whether it's comments about news events, long-held beliefs or a bad joke, an employee's offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites can damage a company's image and profits. If the comments are racist, homophobic, sexist or against a religious group, tolerating discriminatory comments puts an employer at risk for lawsuits and losing customers. [...]
The staffer persisted, moving her comments to her own page. The employee's online arguments with people enraged by her posts cost the company business, including bookings from gay and lesbian clients.
Swift fired her.
"It's one of the hardest things I've had to do because she was a superstar agent, but we have to respect (our customers)," Swift says.In the secular employment world, just writing on social media that, say, as a Catholic you support your Church’s teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman can theoretically get you fired. Yet somehow the Church is supposed to hire people who are clearly undermining the Church’s mission of Catholic education (as evidenced by the complete and palpable lack of any such thing in any of the students--or their parents--as quoted here)? And not only to hire them, but to ignore and overlook it if they’re shacking up with same-sex or opposite-sex partners, working as Planned Parenthood deathscorts, or posting all over social media sites their absolute hatred and vicious contempt of the Catholic Church and all her teachings--as they collect their paychecks from her?
I admire Archbishop Cordileone’s attempt to reign in the galloping heresy and sickening acceptance of immorality on parade in the halls of the Catholic schools of his diocese. I can’t help but wonder, though, if it isn’t too late, and if the only thing that might save the Catholic schools of San Francisco would be to shut the schools condemn the buildings, bulldoze them, burn the rubble and then salt the earth with prayers of exorcism before starting over--preferably with a model of Catholic education that is actually Catholic, rather than pricey “private schools in the Catholic tradition,” which is code for “Gathering Space for the Future ex-Catholic Apostates of America."