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Apr-28-2012 14:18printcomments

Emily Herx sues St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

It is worth knowing that in the early years, the Church did not ban priests from marrying, nor did it exclusively deny women from clergy.

Emily Herx
Emily Herx photo courtesy: cnn.com

(CLEVELAND) - A former Catholic School English Teacher named Emily Herx, is taking St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, Indiana to court for wrongful firing. She wanted to have a child. As it turns out, the in-vitro fertilization treatments she received are in conflict with the church's teachings.

Imagine that.

Herx filed a federal lawsuit against the school and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

She said in the suit that was filed Friday that she believes the discrimination against her began in 2011 when the school's pastor discovered that she had begun treatments with a fertility doctor, according to the complaint. This was reported by CNN Friday.

Of course it seems the average American doesn't see eye to eye with a religious organization filled with so many cases both known and unknown, of child sex abuse.

What is the connection between papal celibacy and those crimes? It is worth knowing that in the early years, the Church did not ban priests from marrying, nor did it exclusively deny women from clergy. The morally reprehensible and terribly costly court convictions need to end sooner or later, along with the patterns that cause the behavior to go so far off the charts, whatever that may be. -
Intro by Tim King, Salem-News.com news editor

Emily Herx sues St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

A married woman teaching in a Catholic School,
Apparently has broken some sort of golden rule,
Fired for Turing to IFV to conceive a second child,
And yet not a peep when Father Murphy ran wild?

It’s an intrinsic which no circumstances can justify,
Using IFV disrespects the Catholic Faith that’s why,
A priest sexually abused 200 kids for several years,
But, they were deaf and could only cry silent tears.

While the same school has teachers who are divorced,
Male teachers with vasectomies & they weren’t forced,
Their choice to not have more kids for whatever cause,
I will bet no woman chooses to go through menopause.

This woman was fired because she violated church laws,
While Father Murphy was joyfully playing Santa cause,
She acted inconsistent with laws of the Catholic Church,
The chicken or the egg, so is divorce but she goes first?

As the Archdiocese has the same thinking and so it agrees,
But not when the good Father forced boys on their knees,
For twenty years teaching at St. Johns he failed to repent,
You’ll be surprised to learn the Cardinal who was negligent.

None other than the current high holiness, Pope Benedict,
The church fires a mom & for the abuser it’s less than strict?
The Cardinal Josef Ratzinger who at the time was in charge,
Did absolutely nothing, now in the Vatican he’s living large?

He oversaw the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,
The watchdog of the church employed 40 so it had to wait?
In other words, there were more pressing cases to review?
Than hundreds of innocent victims by the pulpit to the pew?

Murphy wrote directly to Cardinal Ratzinger, it’s on the clock,
Year 1998 requesting mercy so it was decided not to defrock,
Not only that a decision was made for his trial to be stopped,
Eventually stripped of his priesthood a scandal began to rock.

Police and church leaders were informed by those who were deaf,
Obviously sign language didn’t convey the hurt under their breath,
“Solicitation in the confessional” a serious violation of church law,
Murphy’s victim Steven Geier, 50 years later his anger is still raw.

From speaking through an interpreter as he also tried to do then,
At the tender age of 14 he and the students are now grown men,
With a trial imagine what their testimony would have been worth,
More or less than this trial as the teacher only wants to give birth?

By Luke Easter

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Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.

We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.

Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: lyricsfromlucas@aol.com





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