A religious school in Indiana broke with the archdiocese after refusing to fire a teacher who was in a same-sex marriage. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School announced in a statement Thursday that they had a "sincere and significant disagreement" with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis over the issue. The teacher's name and gender were not identified. The regional Jesuit community appears to be supporting the decision, with Brian Paulson, the leader of the Jesuits Midwest Province, writing a letter about the "disappointing development" posted to the group's website. Paulson noted that the teacher's same-sex union has been known within the community since the summer of when "this act became publicly known via social media. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Paulson wrote, "requested verbally two years ago that Brebeuf Jesuit not renew this teacher's contract because this teacher's marital status does not conform to church doctrine.
The canon law of the Catholic Church requires that clerics "observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven". In , the Church clarified that men with "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies" cannot be ordained. Nevertheless, a senior Vatican official confirmed a report in Corriere della Sera that gay men who are closeted and chaste abstain from sexual activity for at least three years will still be allowed to become priests,  and others have argued that the church would be unable to enforce an outright ban even if it tried. However, this was left to bishops to enforce and most did not, holding homosexuals to the same standards of celibate chastity as heterosexual seminarians. Publication was made through the Congregation for Catholic Education.
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