After posting on his personal website that he supports gay marriage, Mike Moroski, assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, was told to take down the post or loose his job. Moroski was fired.
Moroski posted on his blog that the school gave him the option to either resign his position or keep his job until June by recanting the statements he made in his post, “Choosing Your Battles.” Moroski, however, said Hell to the No.
As a proud Catholic, I’m heartbroken that my belief that all committed, loving couples should be able to make a public pledge to take responsibility for each other for a lifetime has led to this ultimatum. The expressions of solidarity I have already received from Catholic priests, sisters and justice leaders in the community strengthen my faith during this difficult time. Due to my formation in Catholic grade school, high school and three Catholic universities – not to mention my marriage to the best Catholic I know, my relationship with numerous clergy and a devout Catholic family – I have firmly rooted my life in the Gospel principles of love and justice.
After twelve years of working with teenagers whose respect I have earned, I simply can’t teach them the wrong lesson now and deny my convictions. I would not be able to look them in the eye. I have tried to instill a sense of faith and fortitude in all of them regarding issues of justice for my entire adult life. I did not turn down the Archdiocese’s terms in spite of my faith. I turned them down because of my faith.
His students plan to protest his firing this week .
“Now that he’s gone, it’s just like there’s a giant black hole where he once was,” Ian Applebee, a student at Purcell Marian, told Local 12. “It’s only right to be there for someone who’s always been there for so many. We will not give in, we’re going to make ourselves heard and we’re not going to forget.”
Moroski should be commended for standing up to bigotry and hate. It is people with his strong convictions that move this world forward to a better place.
and a special shout out to the students who are planing to stand up and be heard