Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fired for not Practicing What You Teach

Diocese of Green Bay, in Appleton, WI. My guess is that there is more to this story, something akin to a very public dissent from Church teaching that isn't being told in the stories below:

From ABC's Good Morning America:

After five years trying to conceive, Kelly and Eric Romenesko decided to try in vitro fertilization.

Their twins, Alexandria and Allison, were born last year. It was a joyous event in the couple's life.

"They're miracles. They're precious," Kelly Romenesko said.

The couple were not prepared for what came next. When Kelly, a teacher at two Catholic schools in Wisconsin, told her bosses she had gotten pregnant through in vitro, they handed her a pink slip.

From the Local Press:

Kelly Romenesko wanted to get her story before the public, but appearing live on network TV was a little more exposure than she had anticipated.

A camera crew from ABC's "Good Morning America" was setting up at the Romenesko's house Wednesday night for a live broadcast this morning.

Oh, and Geraldo called. So did CNN.

Romenesko lost her teaching job with ACES/Xavier, the system that runs Appleton's seven Catholic schools, in 2004 for having in-vitro fertilization. The procedure violated her contract with the district, which requires teachers to act and teach in accordance with church doctrine. Unbeknownst to Romenesko, the Roman Catholic Church opposes in-vitro fertilization.


  1. I wouldn't be so sure they knew it was wrong to use in vitro. I have yet to meet a Catholic under 30 who doesn't work for the Church in some capacity or who isn't studying theology or who doesn't go to Stuebenville who knows that. I really doubt it's public dissent to Church teaching. It very likely it is ignorance, pure and simple.

  2. Where there's ignorance like this, there's also a serious failure of catechesis. In vitro fertilization should be covered in confirmation classes, RCIA, & marriage prep. Also,if only priests, would enlighten their captive audiences more often, instead of sticking to platitudes. Maybe we could hear a phrase like this: "And that's why (fill in the blank) is wrong"

  3. Where there's ignorance like this, there's a serious failure in catechesis. In vitro fertilization should be adressed in confirmation classes, RCIA, & marriage prep.

  4. It's nice to see a school system/diocese do the right thing. There was a similar case in California last year where a drama teacher in a Catholic school was discovered to serve as a "clinic escort" at Planned Parenthood.

    Whether Kelly & Eric knew that in-vitro fertilization is wrong is an interesting, but not crucial, point.

    If I purport to have the skills and knowledge to teach in a Catholic school, it's my responsibility to undertand and behave accordingly.

    I will share with you that during marriage preparation, I always spend time with the couple reviewing the teachings of the Church in these areas, in fact, I ask the couple to explain it to me afterward to ascertain they have the correct info.

    And I do preach about the same, when the readings present such an opportunity.

    God bless you all!
    Deacon Chris