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Chicago-area Catholic School Hires Lesbian After Public Outcry; US Bishops Campaign Against Equality Act



After public outrage and a campaign by supportive parents and students, a Catholic school in Lisle, Ill., Announced it was hiring a lesbian, Amanda Kammes, as its next head coach of girls’ lacrosse. .

Weighing public sentiment with the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, the board of directors of the Benet Academy met on Monday evening to change its original decision on Kammes’s employment.

“The Catholic school had previously postponed its employment discussions with Ms. Kammes after learning she was in a same-sex marriage,” GoPride.com said in a statement. “The school board has determined that Ms. Kammes’ background and experience makes her the right candidate for the position.

“The Council has heard from members of the Benet community on all sides on this issue over the past few days,” they continued. “We had an honest and frank discussion on this very complex issue at our meeting. In the future, we will seek opportunities for dialogue in our community.

The board was given the flexibility to make its own hiring decision without Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago appointed by Pope Francis, getting involved.

The archdiocese did not respond to GoPride.com for comment.

Conservative members of the Church have already taken to social media to denounce a “liberal campaign” to “take control of the Church” and “destroy its values.” Among their targets were Cardinal Cupich and Pope Francis.

The Roman Catholic Church is ruled by a group of cardinals and other Vatican bishops called “The Curia”. They have long supported a doctrine that marriage is only between a man and a woman and will not favorably view the blessings of same-sex unions.

But since the election of Francis, who made conciliatory comments about welcoming LGBTQ people into the Catholic Church, the pope’s welcoming remarks have been dismissed by the Curia as not official policy changes from the Church.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has gone so far as to campaign openly against the passage of the Equality Act.

Already passed by the US House, the Equality Act only needs passage by the US Senate to become law. It would prohibit the right of churches like the Catholic Church to legally discriminate against LGBTQ people in matters of employment or public service opportunities.

On the other hand, the German bishops rebelled against the Curia and turned a blind eye to German priests who bless homosexual unions.

In neighboring Indiana, its bishops in recent years have fired secular church leaders and educators for being LGBTQ.

There are organizations within the Archdiocese of Chicago made up of LGBTQ devotees who hope to change Church doctrines and attitudes from within. The Gay and Lesbian Outreach Archdiocese (AGLO) was launched in 1988 with the blessing of then Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.

Dignity Chicago, a local branch of a national group of the same name, lobbied the Vatican to change its doctrines and attitudes not only towards LGBTQ Catholics, but also towards women in the ministry.