Watterson Teacher Wants Job Back: “That’s All I’m Hoping For”

Listen to the Story

Carla Hale said she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School because she is gay. Hale worked at the school as a health and physical education teacher for nearly 20 years.(Photo: Carla Hale)
Carla Hale said she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School because she is gay. Hale worked at the school as a health and physical education teacher for nearly 20 years.(Photo: Carla Hale)

When Carla Hale, 57, received her termination letter from Bishop Watterson Principal Marian Hutson, Hale said she was in, “total shock. Like your legs had just been cut out from under you.”

The letter was from the Columbus Diocese and signed by Hutson.

“I turned to the principal and I said, ‘Are we talking like immediately? Am I supposed to leave the building?’ And she just, she said, ‘Yes.’”

That was March 28, and Hale hasn’t been back since.

Hale is gay. And she said that is the reason the Columbus Diocese fired her, for what it said was a violation of moral law.

An anonymous letter, along with Hale’s mother’s obituary, was sent to the Diocese in February. Hale’s same-sex partner was listed in the obit.

Hale, a 19-year health and physical education teacher at Watterson, said she did not discuss her sexual orientation with colleagues. She said only a few close co-workers knew. And for nearly 20 years, there was never a problem.

Hale called the anonymous letter cowardly.

“To use my mom’s obituary, her death, to write this letter. And, honestly, we wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for her death, nor if my partner’s name was Chris.”

During the past couple of days some 7,000 Hale supporters – current students, alumni, others who support gay rights – have signed an online petition asking Bishop Watterson to reinstate Hale.

2010 Watterson graduate Michael Liggett remembered Hale fondly. Liggett said he was “shocked” and “disgusted” when he learned why his former teacher was fired.

“Coach Hale was a highly respected member of the staff,” he said. “She was greatly loved by her students, and just an overall woman of wonderful integrity.”

Natalie Theado, who graduated from Bishop Watterson in 1998, also signed the petition. Theado called Hale a caring and good person. Theado said she never thought about Hale’s sexual orientation.

“What does it matter at the end of the day, you know? I mean, we are all people just trying to make it in this world,” Theado said.

Hale spoke positively of Bishop Watterson, its staff and its students. And she has filed a grievance with the Diocese, asking to get back her job.

“At this point in time, that’s all I’m hoping for.”

But if Hale isn’t reinstated, she has other options. She can ask for the city to investigate whether the Diocese violated a city ordinance which protects employees from discrimination including sexual orientation.

Napoleon Bell, who directs Columbus’ Community Relations Commission, said religious employers are not exempt from the city ordinance.

“There is not that exemption,” Bell said. “It applies to any agency or business that employs four people or more.”

If the commission found discrimination, it would turn the case over to the city attorney’s office.

And Hale’s attorney, Tom Tootle, said a judge could order the Diocese to reinstate her.

“If the school doesn’t do the right thing it’s certainly conceivable that we could file a complaint with the community relations commission,” Tootle said.

Bishop Watterson school officials and the Diocese declined comment for this story.

Watterson alum Liggett wants to see Hale get her job back. But if not, he said he hopes her firing generates a dialogue about LGBT educators.

“They are still individuals of the utmost integrity and really display the true foundations and goals of Watterson and the Catholic school system.”

Hale said she does not think the Catholic Church is ready for the conversation Liggett wants, but she said it has to start somewhere.

“As most changes take place, it has to be the younger generation stepping up,” Hale said. “And they’ve obviously shown great tolerance and love and support. And so, it’s a step.”

Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13300362 Casey Pick

    The local Catholic Diocese finds out – from her mother’s obituary! – that she has a female partner, and decides to also take away her livelihood at the same time, because she “violat[ed] a moral law.” The Jesus I know would be turning over tables right now.

  • Shayne

    These schools receive public money and are allowed to make up their own employment “laws”?

  • Dennis N

    It is because of stunts like this one that so many folks like me identify as former Catholics. Shame on whoever the coward is that submitted the letter & also the administration that terminated Ms. Hale.

    • OmNomNOmnius

      Just think until the day you die they’ll count as you a catholic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leigh.howell Leigh Howell

    OMG! They have shielded priest predators for years, and then they jump on a gay woman who by all reports has done an exemplary job. The powers that be are the ones with a morality problem.

    • Richard LeDuc

      OUTRAGEOUS! I would support a lawsuit that would financially bankrupt the diocese if they do not change their stance, hire her back AND apologize publicly!!!

    • Tom

      She may have done an exemplary job in many respects, but if she has broken the code of ethics, then ultimately she’s not been ‘exemplary’.

  • lookwhoshere

    I had her as a teacher, and she was a wonderful teacher. It was “understood” that she was gay and 12 years ago, that didn’t matter. The people that are creeped out that she was a gym teacher, first of all, there was barely enough time to change let alone shower, and she was not in the locker room with us (as if it matters). She was either in the office or in the gym waiting. The only time I saw her in the locker room was for us to hurry up. Gah! This whole thing is infuriating!

  • Merv99

    What do you expect from Christians? They’ve made it abundantly clear that they hate gay people. Frankly, I avoid Christians as much as humanly possible.

    • mke

      oh come on, you know you shouldn’t hate !

    • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.liebmann Shelly Liebmann

      This particular situation is a Catholic institution problem (and like birth-control practices of many American Catholics, these religious prejudices are not even shared by all individual American Catholics themselves). Not ALL Christians evidence this homophobia; there is a wide, wide range of denominations, from the crazy fundie conservatives rational folk are ethically bound to shake a finger at (and block their destructive attempts at political power), all the way to liberal congregations that go out of their way to be inclusive and will perform marriages for same gender couples. And though the metaphysics of the religion still departs from reality, the later set of Christians are allies in the fight for social right. Of course this later set isn’t trying to sell you their religion, so they aren’t sticking out these days as the Christian brand.

    • charles

      You might want to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQjNJUSraY

  • Fresh_Prints

    No one should be exempt from the law. Not even religious groups.

    • Kurt Tappe

      What do you mean “not even” religious groups? How about “ESPECIALLY” not religious groups?

      • Fresh_Prints

        Indeed

  • Casisevillano

    Humph, so much for religious freedom. It is not like people came to America from English for religious freedom. I guess gay rights are more important that religious rights. And CaseyPick, you clearly do not know ‘your’ Jesus very well. Try reading your ‘guidebook’ (the BIble) to learn the truth.

    • binkyyyy

      I don’t think religious freedom means what you think it means. Maybe you should look it up.

      • Enaldah

        Ditto narrow minded wasters

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryleyh Ryley Hayes

      Persecuting others is not religious freedom. Grow up.

    • Ember

      Yeaaaaah…those who cherrypick scriptures and cling to mistranslation and bigotry shouldn’t be judging others on the understanding they have of “their” Jesus. This Christian is disgusted by your attitude.

      • http://www.facebook.com/drmueller1 David R. Mueller

        Who’s the bigot you’re aiming at? Does the Roman Catholic church have the right to hold to its own teachings? If not, whatever happened to the 1st Amendment? Any person signing on to work for a religious institution that has made no secret regarding its view of a particular behavior (homosexuality–defined as the *behavior* in this case, heterosexual promiscuity, public intoxication, or killing baby seals if that’s their doctrine) has no proper complaint against them if he/she engages in that behavior. Such a person was not forced to work for them in the first place.

    • pres

      Jim Cook (57) from Spokane, WA – You sir, are an ignorant bigot. The world will be a much better place when your generation dies off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/justinctaylor Justin C Taylor

      Her rights in this country that protect her to be gay stand on the same pillars that your right to worship how you like stands on.

      • http://www.facebook.com/drmueller1 David R. Mueller

        No one is telling her she can’t be gay.

    • Shammit

      derp

    • http://twitter.com/RinnosukeETQW Jeff Simons

      Your rights end where the next person’s begin. With that in mind you have every right to disaprove of people, and exclude them from your church, etc, but you do not have the right to deny them employment (at least in this jurisdiction) or deny them of their other rights just becauce your magic sky daddy told you what they did is wrong (you’ve commited a worse sin in your post BTW, but that’s a whole different story.)

  • Rob

    Jesus told the woman “now go and sin no more.” It makes no sense for a Catholic school to have an instructor who leads a life that is in direct conflict with the Church’s teachings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405195983 Nathan Smith

      Yea, I am sure that the school doesn’t employ anyone who has ever been divorced, right? Idiot.

      • Rob

        Being divorced is not a sin idiot.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405195983 Nathan Smith

          Damn you are an idiot. You just pick and choose what you want to follow in the bible, don’t you. Catholics, which you clearly aren’t, consider divorce a sin. Bye idiot.

          • Rob

            I am a practicing Catholic Nathan and I can tell you that it is not a sin to get divorced. I’m guessing you are not a Catholic.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405195983 Nathan Smith

            The only time that it is not a sin is in time of violence. You might want to look up the limits of the catholic church’s Canon Law. I am also catholic idiot, only I do know the sins. You are just what I figured, a “practicing” catholic that doesn’t know the sins. Why don’t you go ask your priest, bishop, and cardinal. See what they tell you. Better go to penance and confess your ignorance.

          • Rob

            Violence would be a justification but you can see in the catechism that Civil Divorce may not be the fault of one of the two parties in which case they have not sinned by becoming divorced. Also the Catechism adds that civil divorce can be tolerated if it is the only way of protecting certain legal rights, the care of the children or the protection of inheritance without the divorce being a sin.

          • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.liebmann Shelly Liebmann

            Violence and safety is not the condition of most divorces. But if there is good reason for the divorce as such, if the marriage is considered valid from the point of the vows, neither may remarry until one or the other dies.

          • Rob

            I agree this is right Shelly.

          • Kurt Tappe

            Actually, it is against church teachings to get divorced. Go read about Henry VIII and why he formed the Anglican Church (aka Church of England). It’s because the Catholic Church doesn’t allow divorce and he wanted one. No matter how much you claim here the Catholic Church allows divorce, there is 600 years of contrary evidence. So try again.

          • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.liebmann Shelly Liebmann

            You didn’t read the rule book. (Born Catholic, did my stint in Catholic schools, scored 15/15 on the religious knowledge survey because today I am an atheist)

          • http://twitter.com/RinnosukeETQW Jeff Simons

            Matthew 19:6

            “Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

            I’m an athiest and I know the bible better then you, seriously. Not to mention catholic dogma outside the bible has said repeatedly that divorce is not allowed, hell the pope’s refusal to allow a divorce created the Church of England.

          • Rob

            Divorce and annulment are different. A divorce is not the dissolution of a marriage, beyond the civil aspects of the marriage. In the eyes of the Church a divorcee is still married and as such cannot marry someone else. This doesn’t leave a divorcee living in sin as a result of the divorce. It may be that a sin such as affair caused the divorce and that would need to be confessed to in good standing. No one is free from sin but committing a sin is different than leading a sinful lifestyle on an on going basis. As someone here mentioned this would include married couples using birth control and “re-married” divorcees who have not had an annulment. None of this should be a surprise to someone who attended a Catholic school or someone, as in, this case who has worked in a Catholic School for many
            Cafeteria Catholic Nathan I wish we could have had a more civil back and forth on this topic. For the record Nathan I do strive to be a good Catholic but being human I fail often but then I get to Confession as soon as possible. It is amazing that someone who has obviously jumped on the latest behavior tolerance of gay marriage is so intolerant of other people’s opinions that you have to keep calling me an idiot and ignorant.

          • http://twitter.com/RinnosukeETQW Jeff Simons

            Tolerance of intollerance is itself intollerance. With that in mind we’re not being intollerant of you, we’re calling out your intollerance.

          • Rob

            Calling me names, which some have done here, is clearly being intolerant of me. In the case of this teacher the Diocese is not being intolerant of her but of her behavior, which she is surely not willing to change and which is in direct contrast to the teachings of the Church. With all of your “intolerance of intolerance” how long will it be before the Church is banned in this country from teaching it’s beliefs? Your theory of intolerance unless something agrees with you is sounding exactly like an Islamic State with secularism substituted for Islam.

          • http://twitter.com/RinnosukeETQW Jeff Simons

            As an atheist I would like nothing else then to see the church not preach it’s message, as an american however I’d rather see that happen through people becoming smart enough to see through the bullshit and the church giving up. You have also just pulled, what I like to call, a substutitive godwin, you said I sound like a theocrat in place of saying I sound like a nazi. With that you’ve lost the arguement in mine, and quite a few other people’s eyes for having to move to desperation. However I’ll still explain where you’re wrong on this, the local govenment has a law saying that you can’t fire someone for being gay, that’s the end all, be all of this, the school has commited a crime, they will pay for it if they don’t do the right thing, of this noone can argue.

        • RobtheKnob

          Your the idiot. Read your own Bible. Divorce is a hell-worthy tresspass.

          • Rob

            Knobster, if you’re going to call someone an idiot you might want to get your spelling in check.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dagard Ryan Brown

            Ooh, semantics! The last refuge of the unknowing, yay. Non-knob-Rob, out of curiosity, when was the last time you had prawns (delicious, delicious prawns)? Or shaved? Or got your hair cut? (Yeah, I’m presuming you’re a guy here).

            Oh, wait, THOSE don’t count? Could we get a list then, from your obviously superior knowledge, which laws we’re still supposed to follow?

            Oh, by the way, you don’t have a daughter, do you? ‘Cause, kinda looking to settle down here, and I have some cash…

          • Rob

            The rules I follow are those of Christ’s Church. Jesus Christ established the Church to safeguard, defend and spread the truth.

          • What book are you reading

            Jesus didn’t establish any church. He is the church. His followers established the church. He died for our sins, so we are sinless. He gave us two commandments, the 10 commandments are from the jewish bible (old testament). Now can you tell me what they are? Love God. Love one another.

        • cory gallaugher

          oh ok how many teachers had sex before marriage fire them all
          i am sure someone lusts after his neighbor’s wife
          he who is without sin cast the first stone

          • Rob

            Cory, my original quote was directed at the very argument you are making. We are all sinners but we must strive to lead holy lives. If this instructor is committed to a life of sin, as opposed to trying to live a righteous life then she is creating scandal.

          • cory gallaugher

            see I disagree that being monogamous with a man or woman is sinful love is not sinful

        • Kurt Tappe

          You didn’t say “sin” in your original post. You said “church teachings” and the church specifically does not permit divorce. At least be consistent with your own posts.

          • Rob

            As I mentioned in one of my replies, the Church does tolerate civil divorce in some cases. A person who is divorced is not per se living a life in contrast to Church teachings.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405195983 Nathan Smith

            Oh the backtracking begins. Never once previously did you say it is ok in some cases. You flatly said that divorce is not a sin. Now the lies begin. Know what lies are? Sins.

          • Rob

            Nathan, I’m not sure why you are so intent on trying to trap me in a lie or brand me an idiot or a sinner. What I’ve been attempting to convey is that there are many divorced Catholics who have not sinned in getting the divorce. Henry VIII, Kurt, wanted a Church annulment of his marriage so that he could marry someone else. His angle on invalidating his marriage was that he had married his brother’s wife. The Church, or in that case the Pope acting for the Church cannot declare a valid marriage invalid. Also a Church annulment is different than a divorce Kurt. Henry wanted both.
            Many divorced Catholics have had their marriages annulled and could go on to get married or continue to live as a single person and either way not be sinning. Many more Catholics are still Sacramentally married but are living apart due to civil divorce that may have been forced on them. I find it odd that someone declaring themself Catholic and using a symbol of support for same-sex marriage is riding my tail about divorcees being sinners. To all the rest of you NPR fans that are feeling argumentative I can only wish you a good night as I am off to bed.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405195983 Nathan Smith

            Unlike yourself, who is self proclaimed “good” catholic, I am smart enough to realize the hypocrisy of it. The fact that you do not realize it only demonstrates your lack of mental cognitive ability. I am aware of what the church decides is sin, and can make my own decision when I see hypocrisy.

            My point to this entire argument, is that the diocese is unfairly firing those who are gay. If the reason is that they are living in sin, well then all divorcees (unless due to violence), those that use any contraception, have ever masturbated (you sound like one), or have ever used the name God in vane should also be terminated. Those are also sinners in the eye of the Catholic Church. For some reason, I have a feeling that this will still be lost on you.

            Finally, before you go on about the right of annulment, why don’t you be a good Catholic and ask what the fee structure is? Very interesting that a sin can be forgiven by the church for a price, isn’t it?

        • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.liebmann Shelly Liebmann

          In the rules of the Catholic Church, you can not divorce. There is no recognition of divorce, hence you can not get remarried in the eyes of the Catholic Church. The best you can do is in extenuating circumstances is to seek an annulment from the Catholic Church.

        • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.liebmann Shelly Liebmann

          Actually, it is. Intending to break a valid marriage contract is a serious offense. The church does not recognize divorce. Hence the church will not recognize a remarriage. So, if you are having relations with a subsequent spouse, even if you are married under the law, according to the Catholic Church, you are an adulterer.

          http://www.cdop.org/pages/AOfficeFamilyFAQDivorce.aspx

          • Rob

            Again I agree with this Too Shelly. I would hope there would not be teachers in a Catholic school who are divorced and remarried unless the Church declared the original marriage invalid through an annulment. Now I really am off to bed.

      • Arlene Velario

        Majority of catholic women use birth control.

    • Arlene Velario

      Where EXACTLY in the bible does it say that women can’t lick a pussy ? Again, where exactly does Jesus say that ?

      • Tom

        There is no record of Jesus specifically saying that. But sex between females is portrayed negatively in the section called Romans 1.

    • Church versus Bible

      Where in the bible does it say anything about being a homosexual? Where?

      • http://twitter.com/RinnosukeETQW Jeff Simons

        Plenty of places, but the it’s on the same level of sin as wearing clothes made of two different fibers. It also never says anything about gay marriage.

      • Tom

        Im not so sure that the Bible talks about “being” a homosexual. It seems to approach the subject more from the point of view of the act of gay sex, which is blacklisted in spots like Leviticus 18, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6.

  • Dan

    I would just like to say, my very orthodox Catholic old high school employed 2 openly homosexual teachers. There’s not blanket Church rule about not employing homosexuals.

  • cory gallaugher

    shame on watterson we pulled our kids out of St Mikes 2 years ago because of the conservative path they decided to go now this they should be ashamed
    this is teaching its ok to hate people who are different
    respect all
    this is wrong and i hope they are forced to rehire her

  • cory gallaugher

    man i wish the rapture was real then we would be free of these people
    let the aliens come and take them up for food

  • m33crob

    Assuming she gets her job back because of the city ordinance, the church WILL start to analyze every single thing she does and will ultimately fire her in a very short time after her reinstatement due to some miniscule breach in her employment terms. Sadly, it’s pretty much over no matter what.

  • Phercs

    It’s the Catholic Church – weather you agree with them or not she should have known their beliefs before working there. People are free to join or leave their organization. It is hypocritical to force the practices of society at large on their probate organization. We can’t force a Quaker school to drop a dress code or a mosque to allow women and men not to be separated at prayer. If anyone lgbt has a problem with their church or school, go form your own church or teach somewhere else. I’m an atheist but believe they should get to choose the makeup of their own staff. Like free speech, we might not always like what people do or say, but as long as they aren’t out to impose it on society at large we should leave them alone. It’s insane to think she didn’t know that if they found out there would be consequences. She should take her lumps and move on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajia.wood Ajia Wood

    I think this is completely awful, especially because of the timing. First she lost her mother, and now she has lost her job. She didn’t lose her job because she’s a lesbian, however. She lost her job because she is in a same-sex relationship.

  • biosoup

    i would be interested to hear what this “moral law” is that dictates who you can hire and fire in a business that benefits the community both in its product (the education) and its presence as an employer

  • Rory

    And why exactly is this woman’s sexual preference any of their concern? Oh right, it isn’t. I find it funny how religion can often overshadow human rights. That’s undoubtedly one reason i hate being on this planet. We’re all fucking animals.

  • The Pope

    Just have to love those Christians. They treat people so well.

    • Arlene Velario

      They treat you well, for as long as you are in your mother’s belly. Once you get out, you’re on your own.

  • Megan

    You know what is sad. I am going to school to be a teacher and even in public schools you can be fired for sexual orientation. There are classes dedicated sexual orientation when it comes to teachers.

  • Debbie

    Another stupid act by a diocese. Francis would object I’m sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justinctaylor Justin C Taylor

    I am saddened that, considering every one sins, some “Christians” often put a heavier weight on being gay than other sin. But it isn’t even a 10 commandment not to be gay. I think anyone wearing a wool blend should be fired from the Catholic school too.

    These “Christians” follow the Bible to the letter except the part about not judging others, even though that’s ultimately God’s job.

  • Dave

    If the school doesn’t receive outside funding, it can hire/fire/accept/reject any employee/student it wants to. This is widely known, well understood knowledge. I don’t see why this post got published.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.liebmann Shelly Liebmann

      “She can ask for the city to investigate whether the Diocese violated a city ordinance which protects employees from discrimination including sexual
      orientation.
      Napoleon Bell, who directs Columbus’ Community Relations Commission,
      said religious employers are not exempt from the city ordinance.
      “There is not that exemption,” Bell said. “It applies to any agency or business that employs four people or more.””

      Details, details…and even without that, the outrage many feel, including pupils and former pupils of the school shows this is not accepted by many folk anymore. The seas they be a changin’.

  • starandmoon

    You know, rules and regulations can be changed with the majority vote. Stupid! They don’t want to fix it. Here is a devoted teacher who loves her students and loves her profession. How about getting the child molesting teachers out.

  • Billy Fanco

    Wow the comments are so very polarized. Gay propaganda was been working well I sure hope they don’t ban heterosexuality.

  • crossalchemist

    Is this bigotry? Yes.

    But do they, as a private institution, have the right to hire and fire whoever they want for whatever reason they want? Also yes.

    • Jeremy Hidy

      Actually they do not have that right. They could fire her for no reason, but they can’t fire her for sexual orientation. Just as they couldn’t fire her for being Asian, a woman, too old, etc.

      • crossalchemist

        “At will employment” means you employed at the will of your employer. If suddenly it is no longer their will that you be in their employ, out you go. They don’t have to give a reason, and that’s their right. They gave a reason in this case, its not one that I would agree with, but they are: 1) a religious institution that has a right to hire only those who agree with their ideology, a right that is also practiced by non-religious organizations, such as the Sierra Club and the National Rifle Association, and 2) a private institution that does not receive public funding.

  • Arlene Velario

    As if we didn’t know already that catholics are evil. They’re just fine with their priests molesting children, as long as public doesn’t know. Yet they will fire a good teacher for being a lesbian ? Pathetic scumbags they are, and Jesus doesn’t know them.

  • She’s from lesbo?

    You Americans are so funny. No tolerance or love, yet call yourselves christian.

    • Tom

      Christianity calls for tolerance of non-christians, but not so much for tolerance of sin within Christian organisations. But yes, it calls for love of all.

  • Arlene Velario

    Where EXACTLY in the bible does it say that women can’t lick a pussy ? Again, where exactly does Jesus say that ? I am waiting.

    • crossalchemist

      “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for [p]a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions;

      for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another,

      men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

      Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”

      Romans 1:22-2:1

      You asked.

  • Rod

    So many people angry about this lady losing her job. She teaches at a place where her values are taught to be hell worthy sins… What did she expect would happen? She’s living in a relationship with someone to whom she is not married. Man or woman its still grounds for termination. The idea is that youre not supposed to be a bad influence on the kids. She clearly is setting a bad example. She had years to clean up her act…i have no sympathy for her.

  • Micah Cochran

    Federal law allows for religious schools (and other religious institutions) to discriminate in employment. She may have to sue, but it sounds as if she may have have grounds based on Boston’s Ordinance.

  • Disgusted

    I graduated in 2003. Damn shame that someone would do this to her. I’m guessing it was one of the religion teachers.

  • Dixielee

    If this was a priest/molester…they would just move him quietly! From a Former catholic…….

  • george richardson

    TGIA: Thank God I’m Athiest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.reidy.756 Kevin Reidy

    Every parent of, and child taught by that teacher should now sue the diocess for letting them be exposed to an Evil Lesbian and her perverted sexual lifestyle. After all, she was damaging them all along by indoctrinating those kids into the ‘gay lifestyle’, right?
    See what that turd of a bishop thinks about that.

  • Jennifer

    I am so sorry she is going through this and at a time that is already so difficult…It is terrible that people are this interested in about what goes on in other people’s private homes that hurts no one. Thank you Coach Hale for all of your dedication and work with our children. You are a great woman.

  • R. Shield

    It is sickening to hear the Diocese and the Catholic Church justify its actions based on a morality clause. Divorce and birth control are immoral in the eyes of the church; how many divorced faculity members are there at Watersson and working for the Diocese? How many are practicing birth control? Shouldn’t they all lose their jobs as well? The church certainly didn’t see fit to fire the majority of its pedophile priests….
    They lost the moral high ground years ago and certainly are doing nothing to regain it. It is my most sincere hope that this teacher wins her suit against the school and diocese and is able to bankrupt them in punitive damages. Money seems to be the only thing that they understand…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/teresa.napier3 Teresa An Gary Napier

    Am I right in saying that this is a CATHOLIC SCHOOL, that people PAY to send their children to be taught CATHOLIC VALUES? If so, this teacher knew when she was hired where the Catholic CHURCH stands on these issues and should not have saught employment there. This is a freedom of religion issue, not and equal rights issue. Seek employment in a non-religious establishment/school, but don’t force your beliefs on others or take the liberty to teach other people’s children what they may very well be PAYING to protect their children from. When your “rights” infringe on other’s “rights” it is just “wrong”.

    • William Williams

      your Church protects pedophiles and you are concerned about this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kat.columbus.3 Kat Columbus

    I am not religious, and I do support same-sex couples right to be together…just wanted to share that before continuing. I am fine with Watterson High School firing Carla Hale, and that’s because it is a private religious school paid for by the parents who send their kids there to learn in an environment conducive to their religious beliefs. And everyone should respect that. And here is why…just recently Jackson High School in Jackson, OH (a public school) was forced to take down a painting of jesus that had been hanging in the halls for more than 50 years even though there were lots of town people who wanted it to remain. And that was also justified because it was a public school funded by the city/state home owners. Carla Hale was teaching at a religious school and should have had the decency and respect for the schools religious values and teachings to quit since her life went against that of the beliefs in the school she was teaching at. She should go find a job at a public school instead where they will be more open and accepting of her just the way she is. It’s not wrong for Watterson HS to have their beliefs, just as it’s not wrong for Carla Hale to love who she wants to love…in this particular situation, the two parties just can’t mingle. And you know what, that’s alright too.

  • William Williams

    Is this the same institution that protects pedophile priests and bishops?