Mike Moroski, assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, has been fired for refusing to recant his public support for marriage equality. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati confirmed that Moroski, 34, was indeed terminated on Monday, February 11.
Moroski wrote on his blog that he was given 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, could not “in good conscience recant my statements”:
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.
Moroski’s former students are organizing a number of protests this week in support of their beloved administrator.
“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.”