This Catholic Teacher Shared Her Views on Homosexuality – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next
A Catholic school teacher in New Jersey was recently suspended after she spoke out against homosexuality on her personal Facebook page. A group of former students, including a reality television cast member and the nephew of actress, Susan Sarandon, were among those who lobbied against her.
Patricia Jannuzzi is a teacher at Immaculata School, the parish school for Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, New Jersey. She responded on Facebook to a particularly provocative and obscene remark made by LGBT activist Dan Savage to Dr. Ben Carson. Ms. Jannuzzi posted a link to the story on her personal page, and wrote:
See this is the agenda…one minute they argue that hey (sic) are born this way and it is not a choice to get 14th amendment rights equal protection…bologna…which was carved for permanent characteristics…unchangeable characteristics such as race and disability…but once they in (sic) the 14th amendment they will argue everyone should be able to choose being they (sic) gay or lesbian lifestyle…in other words they want to reengineer western civ into a slow extinction We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of children and humanity!!!!
Tom Robinson, a 2001 graduate of Immaculata, started a petition calling Jannuzzi’s comments “hate speech” and “homophobic and short-sighted… disturbing and degrading” and “demanding that hate speech is eradicated for our Immaculata Family.”
Greg Bennett, who is gay and had Jannuzzi as a teacher in 2004, asked his 165,000 Twitter followers to sign Robinson’s petition. Bennett, a former cast member of Real Housewives of New Jersey, called Jannuzzi a “nightmare dumpster human.” Bennett also took umbrage at Jannuzzi’s Facebook call to “close the borders.”
Susan Sarandon even got involved, sharing a letter her gay nephew sent to his former teacher Jannuzzi: “I am certain that the pope himself would take issue with your extreme point of view on homosexuality.” Sarandon wrote on her Facebook page, “High School is a tough time anyway…students don’t need teachers making it even more difficult.”
At first all the school did was order Jannuzzi to take her Facebook page down. They also “investigated” that comments like hers were not a part of her “curriculum.” Two days later the school announced Jannuzzi had been suspended. The letter, from the Monsignor who runs the school, insists the school adheres to the teachings of the Church on “the sanctity of marriage” but “follow Jesus Christ in welcoming all people” except Jannuzzi and those like her of course.
Jannuzzi has worked in various roles for Immaculate Conception Church for going on 30 years. Besides teaching in the school, she also heads the parish office of the New Evangelization, Stewardship and Adult Faith Formation. She also heads something called the St. Thomas More Apostolate “to help insure that our laws are infused with Christian morals and virtues” specifically “life, religious freedom, family life, and moral/ethical issues.”
One graduate who is supportive of Jannuzzi tells Breitbart News, “The bottom line is that she’s been working at the parish and at the school for over 30 years. And they are now shocked, shocked that she is active and vocal on Catholic moral issues.”
Both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis have decried the idea of same-sex marriage. It seems the administration at Immaculata church is acting at odds with Catholic leaders, in a misguided attempt to be politically correct.