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Diocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend outlines expectations for employees

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne- South Bend diocese about why certain decisions are made when it comes to education and serving in the church after the termination of a teacher involved in a same sex marriage.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 7:47 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 8:44 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese said enforcing Catholic principles can be a challenge in today's society.

"We expect our teachers, or educators to be faithful to the church's teachings on marriage. That means marriage between one man and one woman. That's very core teaching of the Catholic faith," he said.

While the situation involving Cathedral High School in Indianapolis is gaining major attention, the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese is avoiding that by making sure that it is known upfront what is expected of those who wish to serve in positions on behalf of the Diocese.

"We can have a person, a homosexual person, who abides by the church's teaching striving to live a chaste life and that's no problem. They can teach in our catholic schools. It's just that if one enters into a relationship that we would consider illicit, that would be a problem,” Rhoades explained.

Rhoades said everyone knows the rules ahead of time.

"My thinking is if someone who is presently a teacher discern that they disagree with the church's teaching and wanted to enter into a same-sex marriage that they would voluntarily leave because they know," he added.

Rhoades said they want people working for the church who believes in its mission - whatever their position.

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