Jesuit school defies archdiocese, refuses to fire teacher in gay marriage

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School learned recently that the archbishop of Indianapolis, Charles C. Thompson, would issue a decree on Friday stating that the school would no longer be recognized as a Catholic school by the archdiocese.

Brebeuf, an independent Catholic school in Indianapolis founded in 1962, has been at odds with the archdiocese on the matter since learning about two years ago that a longtime teacher at the school had married someone of the same sex.

The school was asked verbally at the time by the archdiocese not to renew the teacher’s contract because the teacher’s marital status did not conform with church doctrine, according to a letter issued Thursday to Jesuits in the Midwest by the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. (The Catholic Church does not recognize same-sex marriages.)