ceo_esq wrote:There must be a little more to it than the mere fact of a "Protestant" baptism, which the Catholic Church would presumably not consider to be any different than a "Catholic" baptism. At any rate, hopefully wiser heads at the diocese will prevail.
Maybe, but maybe not (regarding there must be more to it).
If she was married in the Catholic church, one of the requirements of that marriage (and her faith) is to raise her children Catholic. So failure to do so violates the policy of the school (to uphold, etc).
Catholic schools have non-Catholic teachers. I attended a Catholic school (several actually), and had teachers who were not Catholic. It's not really a problem. However they do
have to agree to basically uphold specific things. When I was in high school, for example (1986-1990) a gay teacher would have probably been fired if they revealed they were gay. And my friends and I were 99.9% sure one teacher was gay, since my gay (closeted, as students couldn't be gay either) ran into him somewhere.
They both just turned the other way and took off. You couldn't live with someone without being married, or if you did, it couldn't be known, or you could lose your job. I never saw the specifics of it, but it was basically a morality contract. And non-Catholic teachers could acknowledge that they were not Catholic, but could not discuss their faith at all. If any were agnostic or atheist, it was never known publically.
Anyway, the problem with the policy at that school is that I guarentee
you that there are many Catholic teachers who have been divorced. The Catholic church does not allow remarriage after a divorce, unless there has been an annullment. However, in the United States in many parishes, they've been extremely lax about it. "Back in the day" as it were, such a person could attend mass, but would be denied the sacraments. If they dared to try to take communion, the priest would refuse. And I've seen a priest refuse communion when he knew the person was not eligible to recieve (mortal sin, non-Catholic, blah blah blah). So if they have a teacher who's divorced, and remarried without annualment...that would also violate that policy. And if they're not firing them, then she could potentially have a discrimination argument. Actually I'd bet that she could find a few things that don't 'uphold' among the instructors there.
But her best argument is what she said, she already had a child who was not baptized in the Catholic church. It wasn't a problem then, but suddenly it is now with the 2nd child? Either Ceo is correct and there's more to the story, or she might have grounds for action. Who knows maybe they'll argue that that was in the past, so they didn't do anything, but this was a specific action that occurred while she was a teacher. Who knows.
Anyway, there MIGHT be something more to it...but maybe not.
She's a practicing Catholic who is not raising her children Catholic, which puts her in bad standing. Ironically, if she were non-Catholic, she'd probably keep her job.