Why was Catholic teacher surprised?
The Catholic Church’s teaching against in vitro fertilization has been clear since at least 1987, when the Holy See issued its instructional letter Donum Vitae, which characterized the practice as gravely and intrinsically evil.
So why was Emily Burns Herx so surprised when her Catholic school employers declined to renew her contract for employment on the grounds that she was receiving IVF treatments? Herx, a Catholic who attended the same Catholic School at which her mother taught, certainly cannot claim to be ignorant of the fact that her IVF treatments were contrary to Catholic moral teachings. Herx is represented by the small Indianapolis-based law firm DeLaney & DeLaney. The partners of the firm include Indiana Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-86), who is also a Catholic. DeLaney clearly has no qualms about his firm litigating against his Church. It would seem that DeLaney’s faith is not as important as his paycheck.
At a time when the Catholic Church is under fire from all directions, perhaps the greatest scandal of all is caused by cafeteria Catholics who pick and choose which teachings are convenient to follow. Still worse are those who sue the Church for expecting its employees to live up to its moral standards.
Paul H. Ensley
Please check quotes
I was so disgusted when I read the article by Sarah Janssen, “Diocese explains priest’s words.” I would perhaps expect incorrect comments from The Journal Gazette but not from what I thought was a more conservative paper that checked quotes before they published them.
I have know Monsignor John for many years and even before he announced that he in no way accused someone of being a grave, immoral sinner, I knew that he would never ever do that.