Catholic School Administrator, Mike Moroski, Fired For Pro-Gay Marriage Comments

Mike MoroskiCINCINNATI - A Catholic school assistant principal was fired Monday over comments he made on his blog in support of gay marriage.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired Mike Moroski from Purcell Marian High School, telling him in a termination letter that he had shown "poor judgment" and violated the teachings of the Catholic church, archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said.

Moroski had anticipated the move after refusing to take down the blog post and hiring an attorney.

Moroski did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday, but he told The Cincinnati Enquirer last week that he was following his conscience when he wrote about his support of gay marriage.

He said he knew he the post violated the social media policy but doesn't feel that he violated the teachings of the church.

"I put it up there because I really truly honestly believe it," he said. "I'm absolutely willing to lose my job over this. The only difficult thing for me now is the students."

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Moroski had been in his second year at Purcell Marian High after teaching at Moeller High School for 10 years, according to the Enquirer.

Moroski, who is married and lives in downtown Cincinnati, signed a contract every year that requires him to "comply with and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church."

The archdiocese has been in several high-profile battles with employees fired for voicing opinions or taking actions not in keeping with church doctrine.

In 2009, it suspended a nun, Louise Akers, from teaching for publicly supporting the ordination of women priests. And Christa Dias, who was fired in 2010 from Holy Family and St. Lawrence Schools in East Price Hill after she became pregnant, has sued the archdiocese in federal court.


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Jeffrey B. Kull

I've listened to the whole interview of Mr. Moroski, and the coup de grace at the end where the archdiocese of Cincinatti's decision to fire this fellow is announced. If this is the kind of man the Catholic Church is trying to get rid of, while at the same time it is living the legacy of trying to KEEP known pedophiles in the active priesthood, the world is turned upside down. I am a Catholic, was born a Catholic, and will no doubt die a Catholic. But I am bewildered and perplexed at what I've seen and heard and read in the past couple of decades. I just have to trust that God will find a way to bring His people and His church back together. For now, I'll just assert that God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.

March 05 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davel202

He said he knew he the post violated the social media policy but doesn't feel that he violated the teachings of the church.

What he "feels," is not fact.

March 05 2013 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert.jackson43

Equal rights and the power of free speech are guaranteed to all Americans but that however does not mean that we all have to agree. We all have the right to disagree with what the other person likes or dislikes. But we are responsible for making our choices and we have to live with the results of our choices….good, bad or indifferent. Making pro-gay marriage statements in a catholic school environment as the principle of one of its schools is a bad choice. So you must suffer the consequences. Coming out of the closet is not always a good time!

February 21 2013 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bflobaz

Some claim freedom is the right to be a mean-spirited bigot; proudly shining it like a badge on their chest – a bigot’s Congressional Medal of Honor – denigrating a child’s sexual identity. Some are proud trumping simple human kindness, compassion, and any sense of decency.

Some drag God into the debate, quoting the Bible, yet somehow ignore the Beatitudes. Lovers of liberty; be it George Wallace blocking a University’s front door or Lester Maddox standing outside his restaurant with a club, refusing to serve blacks for all the reasons the hooded, white State's Rights folks burned crosses and bombed black churches – ignorant, fear-based cowards, all.

They predicted the end of civilization should slaves be freed, bathing suits pass ankles, women get the vote, and Southern states repeal “Jim Crow” laws. Now, history repeats with the Boy Scouts vote over admitting homosexuals.

Expecting "things to change"; without pushing the envelope as time passively allows society to develop a conscience, is next to impossible. Otherwise, between Washington DC nationalizing the Guard and the Congress passing historic civil rights legislation (in accommodations, voting, etc) we'd still be generations from the unfulfilled promises of the Bill of Rights.


Meanwhile, in 1982 George Wallace grew-up and disavowed his segregationist rhetoric. The point is constantly demonstrated that the world doesn't end when the social contract is led by the heart and we treat others like we wish to be treated. Civilization advances towards completing the Sermon-on-the-Mount.

February 15 2013 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hello Randy!

He deserves what he got. If he is a closet gay.... then keep your mouth shut. Why? Because he is (was) in a religious atmosphere (school) and anyone with 1/10th of a brain (which he evedentially lacks) knows that Godly people are to ALWAYS take the high road, keep the Lords commandments, follow the scriptures (Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.) and set a good example.

February 14 2013 at 7:09 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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lken06880

Get off your soapbox, Americans have a right to free speech, guaranteed by law and the catholic church doesn't get to take that away. Your can't sign away your rights away, even for the catholic church.

February 15 2013 at 4:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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cwilson9619

Actually you can sign away your rights. If you sign a contract as he did and you become in violation of the contract, then you can be fired. He understood that. This is just the same as the guy who was fired from singing the opening song from Monday Night Football. He said something controversial that the network did not like so they let him go. You can have free speech, you just have to accept the consequences of your words. (e.g. you should not yell fire in a crowded, dark movie theatre when there is no fire. If you exercise your freedom of speech and do that, you will have consequences to face.)

March 05 2013 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
ssantoresr

God works in many ways. In this way he fired him. All things will be corrected someday. The lifeline is only so loose.

February 14 2013 at 5:33 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
exoticdoc2

It's not the teachings of the catholic church that matter, it is God's teachings. In this case they happen to coincide, though often that is not the case with the catholic church.

February 14 2013 at 4:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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lken06880

Americans have a right to free speech and the catholic church can't take that away.

February 15 2013 at 4:33 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
keeniisite

hypocrisy at its finest. our priests can commit as many unholy acts as possible and we will keep it hush hush but don't let one of our educators have an open and loving mind. their god must be turning over in his kingdom

February 14 2013 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Billy Yates

For anyone who has ever met this man before, I was a student of his at Moeller High School about 5 years ago, and if you knew him you wouldn't be caught up in all of the contract violation and church debate. Moroski was one of the greatest teachers I have ever had in life, more so outside of school than within it's bounds. I don't mean in any way to bash other Catholics or teachers by this next comment, but the things that he has done in his life and the positive social welfare which he has always put before himself is a greater service to the church than the church has ever been to him, and compared other teachers alike who do nothing but their duties (again, I am really not trying to judge or put anyone down by this, I recognize that each person has their own drive and passion), he is really more of a saint than most other people I know.

So I think that it is important for people to realize when they read about this incident and are reflecting on it, whether in comment or discussion, that they should really consider that this is not about a Catholic principal being fired because of his breach of contract, it is about a great man who has done amazing and inspiring things throughout his life and is now forced to swim in choppy waters. I wish him all the best with no matter what he does next in life because no matter what, it will be great.

February 14 2013 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JIM SCALICI

I am a recovering catholic. I am apalled at their fire and brimstone rules and regs that don't go with everyday life anymore. I get it and they can spew whatever hate they choose and wrap it up in a holy scripture but they are doing themselves no service in today's world. The Catholic Church is nothing more than a HUGE Organized Crime Ring. They collect all sorts of money, pay no taxes, commit awful crimes against humanity and cover up the proof...yet nobody seems to pay the price for it. Sad but true...

February 14 2013 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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