I am longing for the moment when Pope Francis will name the greatest scandal in church history for what it is and not skirt the issue. Francis has yet to utter the words, “The priest abuse of children.” ["Vatican comes under sharp criticism for sex abuse," Nation & World, Jan. 16] Rather, he avoids…More
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I just read The Seattle Times article “Church doctrine, gay marriage colliding in Catholic workplaces” [Local News, Jan. 14]. I was a principal in the Catholic schools in Western Washington for 12 years and superintendent of the Catholic schools from 1989 to 1994. Therefore, I know the workings of the system. Even though…More
I was moved by Seattle students’ solidarity over the issue of high school vice principal Mark Zmuda being fired because he married his male partner [“Reinstate Mark Zmuda,” Opinion, Jan. 3]. Links to this story came from foreign and domestic press sources, spreading hope to LGBT people everywhere. Good job, students! Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma CityMore
Friday will be the last day at Eastside Catholic for vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda, 38, who joined the staff about a year and a half ago. Whether Zmuda left voluntarily or was forced out, once he married another man his fate at the school was sealed. Eastside Catholic High School says Mark Zmuda’s marriage to his same-sex partner violates Catholic teachings and a contract he signed when he was hired by the school. Students called the rule “totally unfair” and walked out of class in protest on Thursday.
The Seattle Times editorial board writes, “The hearts and minds of many young Catholics are changing. The students’ rebellion should provoke an institution that preaches compassion to also accept that individuals have a right to marry the person they love.”
Readers are writing in on the topic, voicing support for the students or framing gay marriage as anathema to biblical teachings:
To the students of Eastside Catholic: I applaud your expression of love and support for your vice principal [“Catholic school vice principal ousted over his gay marriage,” page one, Dec. 20, 2013].
However, I would urge restraint in your pleas to change church policy. Primarily because your real dispute is not with the church leadership but with the Bible itself.
GOP should learn from pope If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.] Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law,…More
A welcome change I find it extraordinarily refreshing that Pope Francis has articulated and emphasized the core values of the Catholic faith — service to the poor and marginalized that acknowledges the divine in all individuals — by de-emphasizing the rigid dogma that has pitted Catholics on opposite sides of the religious spectrum for the past…More
Francis provides hope for humanity Although I’m not a Roman Catholic, I am a believer and I was deeply offended that the editorial in The Times not only denigrated and disparaged the entire process of Pope Francis’ election but seemed written to play to a supposed gallery of nonbelievers (chuckle, chuckle) [“Pople Francis and the...More
Growth out of orthodoxy The article regarding Seattle Catholics and the election of Pope Francis begins with the repeatedly mistaken assumption among the progressive Catholic community that our new pope should conform to their thinking, with strong hopes that the city-culture will emerge triumphant [“Seattle Catholics toast new pope,” page one, March 14]. As laymen we…More
Resignation came too late Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) has finally secured his place in history with his resignation [”Pope’s dramatic move shifts church to future,” page one, Feb. 12]. The sad thing, however, is that he is resigning too late. When the sex-abuse scandal widened to include German Bavaria and his possible involvement in covering it…More
“Buy one, get one free” The Associated Press Pope Benedict on his African trip. Editor, The Times: Regarding your editorial about the Pope’s position on condoms ["Pope Benedict's unfortunate message," Opinion, March 20], I say, Amen. Now, tell him — and while you’re at it, all the school directors — that we need to install condom dispensers right next…More