Saturday, June 15, 2013

Catholic School Fires Woman Abused by her Husband

The Huffington Post has an article here describing how a Catholic school in San Diego fired a teacher, and threw her children out of the school, because the school was afraid of her abuser, and other parents had threatened to withdraw their children if this teacher were permitted to stay.  The termination letter she received noted that no school in the diocese would be permitted to hire her, or enroll her children: 

“We know from the most recent incident involving you and Mrs. Wright (the principal) while you were still physically at Holy Trinity School, that the temporary restraining order in effect were not a deterrent to him. Although we understand he is current incarcerated, we have no way of knowing how long or short a time he will actually serve and we understand from court files that he may be released as early as next fall. In the interest of the safety of the students, faculty and parents at Holy Trinity School, we simply cannot allow you to return to work there, or, unfortunately, at any other school in the Diocese.” 

Words fail here.  Since this is a Catholic school, perhaps the best words are in Matthew 25:  41-46:

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


  1. Yikes! And I love that passage from Matthew, except for the eternal punishment and eternal life part, which I am perhaps not yet wise enough to integrate with my own sense of Jesus's main teachings.

  2. Yeah, I couldn't even give kids detention . .