Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Contends she was fired her because she was pregnant and unmarried

Former teacher Christa Dias is suing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati over her dismissal in 2010. She contends she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried. Dias is an open practicing lesbian who underwent artificial insemination in order to have a child. Both facts are in direct violation of the Moral teaching of the catholic Church. She claims that after being artificially inseminated she was let go due to her being unmarried and pregnant.

Former teacher Christa Dias is suing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati over her dismissal in 2010. She contends she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried. She is an open lesbian who was artificially inseminated. Both are in direct defiance of catholic Moral teaching.

Former teacher Christa Dias is suing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati over her dismissal in 2010. She contends she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried. She is an open lesbian who was artificially inseminated. Both are in direct defiance of catholic Moral teaching.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Dismissal, lawsuit, pregnant, artificial insemination, unwed, lesbian, Catholic Moral teaching


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - Dias' attorney Robert Klingler argued to a federal jury in opening statements that the firing violated federal law prohibiting pregnancy discrimination.

In response, the archdiocese's attorney, Steve Goodin told jurors "there was no discrimination," saying Dias was fired for violating a contract that required her to abide by Catholic Moral Teaching and that she was well aware of that obligation. 

Dias, who is not a Catholic, is also attempting to allege that church policy is not enforced equally against men and women. She pointed to Jack Frazine, who formerly worked as a youth minister at St. Paul Parish in Englewood. He testified that some church officials were aware that he and his wife used artificial insemination when they were trying to have a child and that he was not fired or disciplined in any way.

The archdiocese has argued that Dias was a ministerial employee. The US Supreme Court in 2012  clearly affirmed the longstanding body of law protecting Churches in their employment decisions in the Hosanna Tabor decision. Religious groups can dismiss employees who openly oppose and defy Church doctrine. 

Klingler insists that Dias had no ministerial duties. However, the Hosanna-Tabor case involved a lay woman teacher in a Lutheran school and a unanimous court upheld the right of the Church school in the dismissal.

Dias' attorney argued that she wanted to have a child and decided to get pregnant through artificial insemination. In his opening statement he showed the jurors a photo of Dias' now 2-year-old daughter. He maintained that Dias did not know that artificial insemination would be considered a violation of her contract and Catholic doctrine by her employers.

He said that Dias loved her job teaching computer classes at the schools and believes she is "a good teacher and a good moral person," he said.

Archdiocese attorney Goodin noted that "the evidence will show that Dias never really intended to abide by the contract." He said she kept the fact that she was a practicing lesbian a secret because she knew that the Catholic Church teaches that though all persons, including those with same sex attraction, are to be treated with dignity, homosexual activity is objectively disordered and immoral. "That all goes to her credibility," he said.

Goodin maintains that Dias' lawsuit is "about money, plain and simple" and the evidence will show that Dias is not entitled to any damages. Dias is seeking unspecified damages to cover lost wages and "for the pain and emotional stress," caused by the firing, Klingler said.

The lawsuit is being seen as a barometer to the degree to which religious organizations can maintain their position that those who teach in their schools abide by the moral teaching of the Church in their lives. This is the second lawsuit filed in the last two years against the archdiocese over the firing of an unmarried pregnant teacher.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More U.S.

Pope Francis names Bishop Blasť Cupich to replace ailing Chicago Archbishop Watch

Image of Ill from liver cancer, Cardinal George said at a news conference in Chicago that

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has chosen Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich as Chicago's new archbishop. The ailing Cardinal Francis George welcomed his pending retirement after his 17 years of service, with only the highest praise for his successor. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


World population could hit 11 billion by 2100 new study reveals Watch

Image of Africa will see the largest population boom, going from 1 billion to 4 billion by the century's end. Asia will also likely rise a bit, but will peak at 5 billion by 2050 and decline.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A United Nations-led analysis published on September 18 has revealed that the world's population may reach 11 billion by 2100, which would mean two billion more people than previously expected, largely due to high birth rates in Africa. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


As death toll passes 2,600 U.S. lawmakers worry about spread of Ebola Watch

Image of Red Cross workers in Guinea in protective gear. Currently, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are the worst nations worst hit by the West African Ebola outbreak.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Legislators in Washington are becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of Ebola and worry that it could become more contagious and potentially spread into the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - President Obama's new plan to put 3,000 U.S. ... continue reading


Obama gains support from House to further fight against ISIS Watch

Image of President Obama, with the support of the House of Representatives, may now start arming and training Syrian groups to fight the Islamic State, and will continue to strike targets in Iraq.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While President Barack Obama told Americans-in somewhat ambiguous terms-last week that he intended to destroy the Islamic State, as of September 17, he promised that the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Values Voters: What We Can Learn from Ted Cruz Being Booed at the In Defense of Christians Conference Watch

Image of Senator Ted Cruz from Texas was the keynote speaker at what was billed as a Gala Solidarity Dinner. Sadly, it certainly did not demonstrate solidarity between Christians. A small group in the assembly, rudely and loudly, reacted negatively to some of the words Senator Cruz spoke as he expressed his convictions concerning the persecution taking place in this land which is properly holy, precisely because of its role in God's loving plan of salvation for the whole human race.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The events of Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Inaugural In Defense of Christians Gala make abundantly clear that there is a serious and urgent need for values voters to meet and discuss the crisis in the Mideast and ways in which we can work together to ... continue reading


Our Age Need Rebels of Love: The Christian Church is the Real Counterculture Watch

Image of As a young man I rejected secularist, atheistic humanism - but not humanism itself. As I studied the early Church fathers I came to understand that the true humanism is authentic Christianity, the kind professed, in word and deed, by the early Christians. As I read early Church history I was brought back to the mother church of the entire Christian movement, the Catholic Church. I came to believe that she offers the theological anthropology, ecclesiology and world view of the early fathers of the Church. I also came to believe that she was the real counterculture.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

We can - we will - change the culture of the contemporary West, if we are willing to suffer, struggle and offer ourselves to the Lord for the task. His power, the power of the Holy Spirit, working through us, will accomplish what we can never accomplish on our ... continue reading


What is a Catholic Deacon? Bishop Kevin Rhoades Gives the Answer Watch

Image of The Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades, the Bishop of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, presiding over the Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate of six new Holy Cross Deacons

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

It is a privilege to ordain you permanent deacons.  No, I didn't make a mistake.  Don't worry: you are scheduled to be ordained priests next year by Bishop Jenky!  But what happens today in the sacrament of Orders is not something transitional; it ... continue reading


ISIS among us! New York man sought to kill Iraq war veterans Watch

Image of Mufid Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old, Yemeni born man who lived in New York, attempted to send three people to Iraq to fight for the Islamic State, and purchase firearms to kill veterans from the Iraq War.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Yemeni born food store owner in upstate New York sent funding to the Islamic State and attempted to sent three jihadists to Syria to fight alongside the terrorist cell while plotting to perpetrate attacks against American troops who had served in Iraq. LOS ... continue reading


Father Frank Pavone: 16433 Children Buried in One Grave Watch

Image of Fr. Pavone prays at the graveside of the children

By Fr. Frank Pavone

For many years, this mass grave had no marker or headstone, just as the children have no names. But now there is a stone, and we are going to name the babies. Supporters of abortion do not want people to see mass graves in our midst. It's too disturbing a ... continue reading


Nice try! Democrats try to distance themselves from Obama for midterm, but it's too late! Watch

Image of Kentucky Senate candidate, Alison Grimes, seen here with a shotgun in an ad where she attempts to distance herself from the disastrous and unpopular policies of President Barack Obama.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Democratic Senate candidate, Alison Grimes, is trying her best to let Kentuckians know that she is certainly not an Obama Democrat, releasing a campaign ad where she wields a gun to prove it. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Grimes' 30-second ad takes place in ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
1 Like flowing water is a king's heart in Yahweh's ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44
1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 8:19-21
19 His mother and his brothers came looking for him, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 23rd, 2014 Image

St. Padre Pio
September 23: Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter