(Reuters) - A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her (pretend) marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper.
It states that Colleen Simon's same-sex (pseudo-)marital status was known and accepted when she was hired to run a food pantry and oversee other social outreach efforts, but was used as a reason to fire her after it was publicized.
Simon is the mother of two sons and was legally (pretend) married in Iowa (not Missouri) in May 2012 to a female pastor at a Kansas City Lutheran church. (Missouri does not recognize same-sex "marriages" from other jurisdictions.)
Simon said she told diocese officials of her same-sex (pretend) marriage before they hired her and was assured (so she claims) it was not an issue. But on May 14 she was fired and was told (so she claims) it was because of a local newspaper article that mentioned both her food pantry work and her same-sex (pretend) marriage, the lawsuit states.
There was no immediate comment on the lawsuit from the diocese or Bishop Finn.
Diocesan officials hadn't yet seen the lawsuit, but said in a statement, "As a church, we have the right to live and operate according to our faith and church teachings." (Chron.com)
Simon went to work for the diocese in July 2013 for a $35,000 annual salary and health benefits, which she said were crucial as she has suffered from cancer and needs ongoing medical monitoring. (Reuters)
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.—St. Matthew 5:38-42Go HERE for the full Reuters report.
Chron.com. The Missouri lawsuit was filed Thursday by Colleen Simon, who said she worked as a parish bookkeeper in the diocese before she was hired in 2013 as a food pantry coordinator at St. Francis Xavier Church. In each step of the hiring process, she said she told (so she claims) administrators she had married a woman a year earlier in Iowa, where gay marriage is recognized, and diocesan and parish representatives said (so she claims) her marital status would not be a problem.
Dioceses in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Honolulu; Oakland, California, and elsewhere have added morals clauses to their teacher contracts barring public support for gay rights. Other dioceses have asked volunteer educators to sign pledges on upholding church teaching. (Chron.com)