(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Roman Catholic school officials who fired a married gay teacher are not seeking controversy but showed "character and common sense" by following church teachings, Philadelphia's archbishop said Monday.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, in a statement, thanked Waldron Mercy Academy leaders "for taking the steps to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented ... in accord with the teaching of the church. They've shown character and common sense at a moment when both seem to be uncommon."
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The church opposes gay marriage. Of homosexuals, Pope Francis has said: "Who am I to judge?"
Teacher Margie Winters recently told a newspaper that she lost her job last month as religious instruction director even though she had told the school about her same-sex marriage when she was hired in 2007. She was told she could be open about her marriage with faculty but not with parents at the school, Winters told The Philadelphia Inquirer.