What Happened to Compassion and Forgiveness?

November 23, 2005

Here's a story about an unmarried Catholic school teacher who was fired after getting pregnant. CNN.com - Fired pregnant teacher sues Catholic school - Nov 22, 2005 She stated:

"I don't understand how a religion that prides itself on forgiving and on valuing life could terminate me because I'm pregnant and choosing to have this baby."

The article makes the point that it is a double-standard since a man is unlikely to be found out and thus could keep teaching. Another issue is that she could have had an abortion and kept her job. Is that what the school would prefer?! As a result of the firing, the next unmarried Catholic school teacher who gets pregnant may just get an abortion to keep her job. Shouldn't this teacher be applauded for keeping her baby?

I think Jesus would have forgiven her and would have likely started writing in the sand until the accusers dropped their stones and walked away (but then again, Jesus would not likely be hired by most Christian schools today—something about the long hair and comments challenging religious leaders).