Last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a story about an unmarried Catholic school employee suing the archdiocese after she conceived a child via artificial insemination and was dismissed. I never got around to posting about it, but the story prompted a local Catholic to write a rather irate letter to the editor:

Regarding the story “Baby worth legal fight with church:” That teacher is NO teacher. How dare she? How can she claim to be any kind of role model? Role models know the rules and follow them. The Catholic church should have a right to enforce the rules we set. IVF is blatant disrespect for human life. She could have had a child many other ways, or chosen to leave her position – that would have been the right thing to do! To expect to stay on a job after breaking the rules is wrong on so many levels. As a matter of fact, there are millions of babies created by IVF that could have been adopted by her as embryos – and then she would be showing respect for life and perhaps had a different outcome. Remember when teachers knew that they were role models?

Do smokers who know they work on a non-smoking campus get to keep their jobs? Do pilots who have vision that is unacceptable get to keep their jobs? Do people who want dogs get to move into no pet apartments? WHY then does she feel she can trash my church and be a HORRIBLE role model to our young people. There are two simple words GOLD DIGGER! It is time to keep quiet and admit she did wrong and the media and all of her supporters need to stop bashing the Catholic church.

I also missed a letter from Gerard Ahrens, Nativity School’s disturbed priestophobic dissenter:

Must we Catholics continue to be embarrassed on the front page of The Enquirer (“Baby worth legal fight with church” Dec. 27)? A priest who himself is enmeshed for years in scandal and perversion is empowered to reduce a single mother to unemployment for the offense of too zealously “wanting” a baby – the very virtue we Catholics revere in our pro-life efforts.

We can only hope that the article is a misrepresentation of the truth, since the Archdiocesan spokesperson must certainly have been misquoted in saying that the fired teacher “has a right to her opinion,” when we know, in fact, she would NOT have the right to hold the opinion that women should be priests. Will the embarrassment never cease?

Gerard Ahrens