For the past three decades, Terry Gonda was the music director at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Auburn Hills, Michigan. That came to a quick end on Wednesday, when the Detroit Archdiocese told her she was fired for the crime of being married to another woman.
As was explained to her in a June 12 email: “The Archdiocese is choosing to activate its morality clause to terminate your employment.”
The words stung Gonda, who has long stood by the embattled Catholic church despite its strained relationship with the LGBTQ community and its past: The sex abuse scandal involving pedophile priests. The coverups. Homosexuals denied Communion. Lesbians fired from teaching jobs.
At this point, just one thought comes to mind:
'I never thought leopards would eat MY face,' sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.
— Adrian Bott (@Cavalorn) October 16, 2015
Seriously, what did Gonda think would happen here? That the Catholic Church would reconsider her firing due to her longstanding service and devotion? After decades of watching the Church fail every single morality test, how gullible do you have to be to think they’re suddenly going to do the right thing when it comes to you?
My heart goes out to her, just as it does every time a Catholic school teacher gets fired for being in a same-sex marriage, but this is what the Church does. It is an immoral, bigoted institution that believes homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” That’s not a secret. It’s right there in the rulebook. Anyone who goes to services, or gives the Church money, or proudly calls herself a Catholic is promoting those “values” whether or not she agrees with them.
What’s downright silly at this point is watching Church members express surprise at these decisions:
Retiree Sheran Tioran, who has been a parishioner at St. John Fisher for more than 40 years, stood outside her parish with a group of supporters on Wednesday, fuming over the firing of Gonda.
“I’m saddened and I’m angry. For us here at the chapel, this is not the Jesus that I know,” said Tioran, 77, who raised her four children in the church and has known Gonda for 32 years.
Tioran called the firing of Gonda “unjust and un-Christian.”
This is what the Catholic Church does. They have strict purity tests when it comes to same-sex relationships while looking the other way in cases of priests molesting children. If we were talking about a restaurant instead of a religious organization, it would’ve been shut down years ago.
If Church members are upset about the firing, protesting the decision is a waste of everyone’s time.
Just leave. Find another church in another Christian denomination. Take all the frustrated people with you. You are all better than the Catholic Church.