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March 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Eastside Catholic: Homosexuality not against Catholic teachings

I was struck by the mischaracterization of Catholic doctrine by Eastside Catholic’s legal team in its attempt to defend the firing of Mark Zmuda [“Court battle next in ouster of Eastside Catholic educator,” Local News, March 6].

It stated “to employ a person married to someone of the same sex [is] a violation of Catholic doctrine.” Why are they making this stuff up?

Catholic doctrine as written in the official catechism No. 2358 states [Homosexuals] “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives …”

It sure seems that firing a valued employee for anything but incompetence shows a clear sign of unjust discrimination, not to mention a lack of respect, compassion and sensitivity.

If the church lawyers have to lie about doctrine, they can’t be trusted to tell the truth about anything. Regardless, when the school removed the robust employment nondiscrimination policy from the school’s website, they just broadcast their consciousness of wrongdoing and hypocrisy. What a lesson for their students.

Marc Luxenberg, West Hollywood, Calif.

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