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Monday, February 20, 2006

Teacher sins; school sins back

"When Michelle McCusker, 26, got a job teaching pre-school at St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic school in Queens, N.Y., she fulfilled a longtime dream. 'That's what I want to do, to be able to give something to children, it's amazing,' McCusker said.

"But then McCukser—who is Catholic and single—became pregnant. She decided to keep the baby and informed the school early in the school year.

"The school—backed by the Brooklyn Diocese, which oversees Catholic churches in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens—fired her.

"'The school requires its teachers to convey the faith, to convey the gospel values and Christian traditions of the Catholic faith,' said Frank DeRosa, a spokesman for the Diocese of Brooklyn." ...

On the letter of catholic law, yes, Miss McCusker has failed to "convey the faith." She sinned.

But isn't it also part of "conveying the faith" to extend forgiveness as well? If so, then the school is at least as wrong for firing her.

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