Brebeuf to appeal split with Catholic archdiocese over gay teacher

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Indianapolis and the Indiana State Capitol. (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

Indianapolis and the Indiana State Capitol. (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS — Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis is appealing the decision of the Indianapolis archdiocese to no longer recognize the school as Catholic in Rome.

The archdiocese cut ties to the school in June when Brebeuf refused to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage. 

The Indianapolis Star reported on Monday that the school’s appeal is being lead by the Jesuits, who sponsor the school. 

From the Indianapolis Star:

As is required by the Catholic Church, the order first requested that the archbishop reconsider his decision and rescind the decree. He declined to do so, according to a letter sent Sunday to members of the Brebeuf community.

Now, the school has taken its case to the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome. The hope is that the decree will be overruled and, in the meantime, that its effects will be suspended during the appeals process. It’s unclear how long the appeal could take.

According to the Star, despite school officials saying there would not be obvious changes, the archdiocese has barred the school from holding a Mass to start the school year. Daily Mass before school starts has been allowed, but not the all-school Mass. 

Another Indianapolis Catholic high school did fire a teacher for being a same-sex marriage. In fact, that teacher,  Joshua Payne-Elliott, is the husband of the teacher at Brebeuf. Payne-Elliott is suing the archdiocese for discrimination. 

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