New Jersey Catholic Teacher is Reinstated

Faithful Catholics who have supported Patricia Jannuzzi, the embattled New Jersey Catholic high school theology teacher, who had been suspended from her job at Immaculata High School for using her Facebook page to present authentic Catholic teachings on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage,” were happy to hear that she finally was returned to the classroom. It is a significant victory that the beloved teacher was not forced to apologize for what critics described as intemperate Facebook comments about Catholic teachings on homosexual behavior.

Still, many of us remain puzzled why Monsignor Seamus Brennan, the pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, would write in a statement shared with Immaculata faculty and staff on Friday that Jannuzzi was to be reinstated because of her “otherwise good reputation as an educator for 30 years.”

“Otherwise”? Monsignor Brennan’s statement suggests that he remains unhappy with Mrs. Jannuzzi’s Facebook posts but now claims that it was always a problem with the “tone” of her comments on Catholic teachings—and not the content of her message. Writing that “from the beginning this was a personnel and not a theological issue,” Monsignor Brennan maintains that “We are now and always have been united in our understanding and commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

Perhaps. But, Monsignor Brennan must know that in a culture that increasingly celebrates the goodness of same-sex behavior and access to same-sex “marriage,” it is difficult—almost impossible—to even speak of Catholic teachings on sexuality without sounding harsh. While Catholic teachings are intended to bring all of us closer to a loving relationship with our Lord—what George Weigel calls a “friendship with Jesus”—these same teachings are abhorrent to those who refuse to accept them. Catholic teachings on the unitive nature of sexuality sound loving and good for those who love God and the Church. But, for those who want to change the unchangeable natural law, such teachings are anathema.

In his letter to faculty and staff, Monsignor Brennan cautions that “a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful.” Perhaps Monsignor Brennan does not realize that no matter how loving our words may be, the truth about Church teachings on same-sex behavior can sometimes sound “harsh” to unreceptive ears. People do not like to hear that what they may believe is a loving relationship, has been defined as “disordered” by the Church. And, although many may agree that Mrs. Jannuzzi’s words sounded harsh—especially when she concluded that gay men and lesbian women were behind “an agenda to reengineer western civilization into a slow extinction”—the truth about Catholic teachings on same-sex behavior is always going to sound harsh to those who participate in, or advocate for, such behavior.

Mrs. Jannuzzi has been a much loved teacher for more than three decades. Several of her former students have described her as a warm and caring person—including Scott Lyons, a gay alumnus, who said that he remembers Jannuzzi’s classes to be “focused on love and acceptance.” Current student Matt Nerger, a senior at Immaculata High School told a reporter for a New Jersey newspaper that “She is by far the most loving teacher I have ever had.” Nerger added that Mrs. Jannuzzi was someone who would “brighten your day.”

Even Greg Bennet, a gay 2004 graduate of Immaculata, (and a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member) who had shared a screen shot of one of Jannuzzi’s Facebook posts with his 165,000 Twitter followers, referring to her as a “nightmare dumpster human” who had taught him in high school, had to acknowledge in a phone interview with a New Jersey reporter that Jannuzzi “was a very warm person … just really into her faith, and that’s always how she’s been.”

Indeed, that is the real problem here. It was not just the tone of Patricia Jannuzzi’s Facebook postings—it is the content. Patricia Jannuzzi’s faith requires her to defend Catholic teachings. Unlike some of her colleagues at Immaculata High School and other Catholic K-12 schools who remain willing to use their own public Facebook posts to promote same-sex “marriage” and criticize Catholic teachings on women’s ordination, and reproductive choice, Patricia Jannuzzi remains faithful both within and outside the classroom. Students know this—and some have expressed their feelings on sites like ratemyteacher.com. And, although this site is not a reliable measure of “how faithful” a theology teacher is, it interesting to note that while Jannuzzi’s students have praised the beloved teacher, some of her colleagues have received some mixed reviews on their faithfulness. One theology teacher was described by a student on the site as: “One of the worst things to ever plague Immaculata. I would not even consider her Catholic. Please do not listen to this product of the 60s/70s. Catholicism is much more awesome and deep than this.” Another student described this particular teacher as “always sarcastic.”

While Monsignor Brennan asserts that this was always a “personnel issue and not a theological issue,” it is difficult to understand why a personnel issue was discussed so publicly and her character was publicly impugned by the earlier statements issued by the principal of Immaculata High School. Certainly the response from the gay advocates and their allies through their change.org petition helped to make this a public issue, but the school leaders exacerbated this by publicly refusing to acknowledge Jannuzzi’s willingness to defend Catholic teachings, and instead, sending a letter of apology to alumni, parents and students for Jannuzzi’s comments.  If it were truly a “personnel issue” it is unlikely that it would have been discussed so publicly.

This is not to suggest that we need to be harsh in our faithful defense. Peter Kreeft writes in Fundamentals of the Faith that the goal of evangelization is “not just to win the head but to win the heart through the head … inviting others into a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.” Our Church would be stronger if we were all willing to provide a loving and faithful witness. It is not loving to allow others to continue to pursue a path of self-destruction and Jannuzzi’s Facebook posts make this point. And, although some of her comments may have sounded “harsh,” Patricia Jannuzzi makes “no apologies” for Catholic teachings—and neither should we.

Anne Hendershott

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Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education; The Politics of Abortion; and The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books). She is also the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church (2013).

  • St JD George

    I saw that earlier and it gave me hope, even though the sadness will linger that she ever had to endure. Then I saw where yesterday 100 so called prominent Catholics in the SF community took it upon themselves to take out a full page ad demanding the Pope remove their Archbishop because he doesn’t represent their values. Insanity personified.
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/More-Than-100-Prominent-Catholics-Sign-Full-Page-Ad-asking-Pope-to-Remove-SF-Archbishop-300007181.html

    • Watosh

      There are so many incidents like what happened to Patricia Jannuzzi and the public call by 100 “prominent Catholics” for the Pope to remove the archbishop of San Francisco that are happening. What is happening is that many American Catholics are more American than Catholic. They have imbibed the myth that the United States is the most perfect society to exist on this earth, and that we are divinely destined to lead the countries of the Earth to the end of history, so they sign on to “American values” and accommodate their religion to these values. And today Rome does not speak with a clear Catholic voice either.

      • St JD George

        I don’t see any connection between those two subjects, how did you weave those together in your head? What does the call for the removal of the great Arch Bishop Cordileone by those that identify themselves as being Catholics have anything to do with pride in America? Maybe they feel pride in America in SF because they still can express their feelings in a country that gives them the freedom to do so, without being imprisoned or shot dead on a street corner by unidentified people jumping out of an unmarked van then speeding away. They can today anyway, who knows if they still will in a few more years on our current trajectory.
        Christ first, family second, country third. So I spin the globe and dream where I’d rather be. The Holy See looks attractive, but I’m not a priest and I’ve spent a lot of time in Rome while living in Italy – no thanks. We are all God”s people, but under Xi in China – I don’t think so. Under Putin in Russia – I don’t think so. Under the secular state of Europe – I don’t think so. In the ME and the followers of you know who – I don’t think so. Sub Sahara Africa – maybe, but I can do more here to help. So many domestic problems here it’s easy to get discouraged. So many problems abroad in the world it’s easy to get downright depressed. It seems to me that the people that hate it here love to accentuate the flaws over the virtues. As for me, I’d rather be a force for good in order to form a more perfect union, not the perfect union, including leading for Christ. Of course, if you don’t like it here you are always welcome to go where you feel you are most welcome. There are millions coming here every year that are happy to take your place, if indeed you are here.

        • Watosh

          Well when I express my feelings I often end up being verbally assailed and then told that I was not wanted and that I should go into exile, by those who claim to be defenders of the right to free expression. I am advised that I had better see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, and that if I speak frankly I will be silenced by being charged with hateful speech.

          • St JD George

            I sense frustration Watosh, and am still struggling to make the connection to the article or my reply. Maybe I’m just dense. Maybe you need to hang around more intellectually honest folks, and develop thicker skin. Honest and frank discourse is always welcome, including self critique highlighting both accomplishments and areas in need of improvement. If you love the Lord and I presume you do, put him first and all else will follow.

            • Watosh

              No, my friend you are not just dense. You are a victim of bad information. Like I condemned a woman who it was reported had left her 2 year old in her locked car in 95 degree weather while she went shopping and passerby’s had to break her car’s windows to rescue the child. Based on that information and seeing pictures of the breaking into the car’s windows, I erroneously condemned that child’s mother. But by some fluke the media gave a follow up and the complete story was the mother intended to just go into a nearby store for some reason for a minute or two, then dash out, but to her horror she discovered she had dropped her keys in her car, and went out and asked passerbys to help her break into her car. The first report was true but it wasn’t the whole picture.

              The thing is that our corporate dominated and controlled news media feeds us erroneous information, propaganda it is actually. And we trust our media as we trust our government.

              Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

              Way back in 1916 days, when Woodrow Wilson was elected when he ran on keeping the country out of war, the American public was extremely pacifist and saw no resonate become involved in a European war. The Wilson administration was actually committed to war and so had to do something to change this. The established a government propaganda commission, which they called the Creel Commission, which succeed, within six months in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war mongering population that wanted to destroy everything German.

              Look at recent history, after months of the American buildup to the invasion of Iraq with this situation being in the news every night for months, on the eve of our invasion, polls shoed that around 70% of americans believed Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 twin tower attacks. And this was absolutely false. all our intelligence agencies found this to be absolutely untrue. Not one of the hijackers was an Iraqi, though 15 of the 19 hijackers came from our buddies in Saudi Arabia. Saddam Hussein was an enemy of Osama bin Laden as Saddam was a secular leader and bin Laden’ was a religious extremist. But 70 % of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was behind these attacks, and many still do.

              How could this happen in a country with such extensive news coverage? Well I noticed that every time George Bush mentioned Saddam Hussein’s name he would also make a reference to the 9/11 attacks. Very clever, he never did say that Saddam Hussein was behind these attacks but the viewers associated the two.

              Another example, posters everywhere today state “support our troops.” We are bombarded by this slogan, everywhere. Well no one would want to NOT support our troops would they? But what does this innocent, patriotic sounding slogan mask? It really is a way of the government getting people to “Support our policies,” without people realizing what they are really being asked to do.

              Now our Presidents have lied to us, our military has lied to us and members of our government has lied to us. This an absolute fact, easily demonstrated, and I am not talking about cases where a government official has merely been mistaken about something, or has changed their mind about something, I am talking about an outright lie. And for saying this I expect a tirade of denunciations by the true believers.

              Charles Lewis, a onetime producer of segments of the TV news program “Sixty Minutes,” has a recent book entitled “395 Lies,” in which he documents every one of these lies. But this is America and the American people do not want to believe an American government would lie, as this would mess up the pretty picture we have that we have an “Exceptional” government.

              Now you only get the story that the corporate controlled news media give in partnership with our government. The views of Paul Craig Roberts, an assistant secretary of the treasury under Ronald Reagan, the views of Phillip Giraldi and Paul Pillar former American intelligence analysts, or the prize winning journalist Eric Margolis, or Robert Perry, or many others that have been forced out of the corporate controlled news scene are hidden from you. And should there people be mentioned as sources you have been conditioned to dismiss their comments out of hands because you consider them as “leftist.” You are not getting the whole picture.

              You believe Russia is the aggressor in the Ukraine when we sponsored a coup of democratically elected government of the Ukraine that put an virulently anti-Russian government in the Ukraine. Our assistant secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, was seen circulating among the protesters in Kiev, encouraging them and handing out donuts, was heard on a phone conversation telling the American Ambassador to the Ukraine who she felt should be the head of the coup government. An American Senator John Mccan also went among the rioters to encourage them.

              Now what we the U.S. response be if the Russians circulated officials in a crowd in Mexico City that wanted to install an anti-American president in Mexico? And all Russia did in reaction to this grab, was to retake the Crimea, a province that had been a part of Russia proper for as long as the U.S. operated under our present Constitution, and was mail populated by Russians. It also contained a naval base that was important to Russia as the Panama Canal is to us. But the picture our media present is that Putin was the aggressor, when we have steadily moved the boundaries of NATO states right up to the Russian border.

              Another popular slogan is “America, love it or leave it.” In other words you don’t have free speech, you can’t criticize america. Well I raised four kids whom I love very much but when they did wrong I made them own up to it. This did not mean I did not love them.

              Sorry to be so long, but I do not like to see this country drift in to a totalitarian type of government while people are deceived until it is too late.

              • St JD George

                Quite a reply. Truthfully I trust neither, and less each day. I don’t know exactly when this country decided to abandon its love of freedom and ceded control of their lives to the central state apparatus. Still, I’ve had the fortune to live and travel around the world and I’d rather be here. Maybe just because I call it home. I feel sorry a little for young folks going into journalism school today. I’m sure there are still a few who are wide eyed and hunger for objectivity, only to enter the working world to get chewed up and spit out, jaded for life. Where do you think that it is better?

                • Watosh

                  I haven’t cared too much since I was born here, this is my land. I was impressed with Germany, the history, the land and the food, Scotland is beautiful, but the place that I would really like to live is Alaska around Anchorage. I was stationed there when it became a State, and I loved every minute there. In fact I wangled an assignment there and would have stayed but they did away with our group. then on my return I met a young lady and forgot about Alaska, but it still has a fascination for me. It is the land, it is an emotional thing. There may be better places I know, but it is the land, it attracts me. Unfortunately I am too old and my children are living in the States.

                  • St JD George

                    Thanks for your service. There are nice places and there are crazy people everywhere. There are some nice things about Germany, mostly in Bavaria. I’ve been to most states, but not ALaska or Hawaii. In my perfect world is have a 1000 acre ranch in Montana or Wyoming.

              • Kilo 4/11

                Watosh, I was shoulder to shoulder with you – it was you and
                me with our pitchforks – til you got to Ukraine. I began to hear tires screeching when you reeled off your list of go-to guys for info.
                Roberts, Parry, Margolis and Giraldi I’ve read; and of them, only
                Giraldi manages to leaven his Anti-Americanism with some depth of reporting on alternatives to the “America As Rogue State” narrative the others push relentlessly. I don’t care if their domestic politics are to the left of Saul Alinsky, it’s their reflexive inability to see any side but that of the “other guy”, be it Russia, Iran, China, you name it, that I can’t take, and, more importantly, is a sign that something is amiss. In Roberts’ case, I’m pretty sure it’s related to his still seething anger at the Reagan Administration’s failure to
                listen to his policy prescriptions and leaving him at the mercy of the neocons. His judgment is simply warped by his emotion.
                With the others, I’m not sure, though Margolis is a Canadian, and that alone is enough to arouse suspicion of anything he says related to America.

                You drove into the ditch at “You believe Russia is the
                aggressor in the Ukraine when we sponsored a coup of democratically elected government of the Ukraine that put an virulently anti-Russian government in the Ukraine.”

                I have spent the past year reading everything I can about what happened there, even up to teaching myself the Cyrillic alphabet. I may post some of my writing on this later, but for now, let me leave you with this:

                A. you have got it wrong;

                B. read these guys to find out the truth: Paul Goble, Halya
                Coynash, Andrei Kurkov, Alexander Motyl, and anything in Ukrainian Week.

                • Watosh

                  And then there is John Mearsheimer, Robert Perry, Ray McGovern who Robert Gates once worked for in the CIA and Philip Giraldi, and Robert Fisk, who covered more wars than any other journalist, and has a reputation for honesty which makes him persona non grata to our main street news.

                  Once after hearing some statement by the North Korean press mu son-in-law remarked, “I am grateful to live in a country in which our news is not government propaganda, I feel sorry for the citizens of North Korea.” I didn’t want to spoil his dream, but I thought, “XXXX , the North Koreans are better off than we are in this country in that they know that what they hear on the news is government propaganda, whereas we believe we are getting the truth, and we don’t realize that our mains stream media with their skilled experts in public relations are the envy of every propagandist who ever lived.”

                  Now did you not hear the call that Virginia Nuland made to the American Ambassador to the Ukraine in which she made a very vulgar comment about Eropean governments, and discussed who she wanted to be the next Ukrainian premier after the coup? She wanted “Yats” to be the leader and a couple weeks later after the coup Yats was appointed leader. Imagine if there was a mob in Mexico City rioting and demanding the President of Mexico who was friendly toward the U.S., leave office and during the riots a member of the Russian Duma and a high Russian state department circulated among the rioters passing our cookies and encouraging them to overthrow their government, imagine what the reaction of the U.S. would be. I try to see all sides, but of course you can’t dominate the world if you are going to be considerate of other nations.

                  • Kilo 4/11

                    Watosh, the Nuland phone call simply means we are doing what every government does: pay people to keep an ear to the ground and know something about the players involved. That she says it looked like Yatseniuk was going to get in just means she had good info. The actual choice – it was an open vote, not an “appointment” – was the Ukrainian parliament’s.

                    As for the oft-made analogy about what would we do if Russia was interfering in Mexican elections – there are too may weaknesses in this argument for me to list right now but I’ll give you this: Russia has no history in North America remotely comparable to American involvement in Europe. We made sacrifices of blood and treasure in Europe from which all Europeans benefitted. We helped save Russia from Hitler (though many times I have seen pro-Russian bloggers express contempt for our contribution, and of course they went on to oppose us at every turn in later years, often at the cost of more American lives.) So we have precedent and right on our side in our involvement there, though, of course, we have not always acted wisely. Such Russian meddling in Mexico as you describe in your scenario would have no basis in history and no plausible moral justification, as it in fact lacked any in their disastrous interventions in Cuba and Central America.

                    As before, I’ve read the writers you list, except for Fisk, who I had time for only a quick look at. I applaud your efforts; most people are satisfied with the CNN or Fox or NYT or other mass media source. I will, however, point out one weakness in your lists: so far, not one Ukrainian. No, they don’t have a lock on the truth; but all the authors you mention write as if Ukrainians don’t exist – the whole thing is just part of the great game, and must be played according to “realist” rules. Well, the real world doesn’t work that way, and you wind up with only a fraction of the story. The debate on Alexei Bayer’s articles is great, also under Alexander Motyl’s pieces. Look especially for two very knowlegable Russian/Polish/Ukrainian speakers going by the screen names Dr. Preobrazhensky; and Oknemfrod. I look forward to continuing this – gotta go now.

    • Margaret in MI

      So sad to read that one of the mis-led or betrayers (prominent Catholics) was a former president or chairman of Catholic Charities.

    • lifeknight

      I read that also. A good, decent Catholic priest to lead the SF community and the sympathizers try to remove him.
      As I always say, the homosexuals are a very small fraction of the population, however the sympathizers are the people making the most noise.

    • Anne Hendershott

      That is Sam Singer’s work – the San Francisco Public Relations flack hired by gay advocates to destroy Archbishop Cordileone. This is not a grassroots effort by “faithful Catholic leaders” – it is a public relations ploy designed to remove the Archbishop. Singer has enlisted some “useful idiots” to help him but make no mistake, this is a well-designed plan to destroy our Archbishop.

      • St JD George

        I frequently pray for Arch Bishop Cordileone (and will more now) because I know that his mission is not an easy one, and am ever thankful for his strength and the wisdom of placing him where he can serve best.

  • Scott W.

    My first instinct when wondering why the appearance of “otherwise” appeared was that the bishop tanned some hides and “otherwise” is a “butt-hurt” word he smuggled into the statement. But while this was going on, the bishop merely pointed out that the teacher was on administrative leave with pay, but still managed to call the teacher’s comments “disturbing” without being specific. I wonder what really happened. Laity threatening school boycott?

    • The Truth

      The truth is disturbing to those that deny it. The Monsignor and many other clergy need to learn the faith and what it teaches.

    • Anne Hendershott

      I think it was a brilliant lawyer with a tremendous case against the school that helped them “settle” this case. I would have argued that the “otherwise” be removed from the statement by the Monsignor but Patricia Jannuzzi is a much nicer person than I am.

      • Scott W.

        Ah, that sounds about right. What a shame that the faithful have to resort to lawyering up against people that are supposed to be on the same side.

        • Anne Hendershott

          I agree – the National Catholic Register called it “friendly fire” because it came from “our side” – I would not call it that. Those who were trying to fire Patricia Jannuzzi are not her “friends” – They are the enemy and we need to remember that in our treatment of them. This is a war and we need to destroy the enemy–not try to be “friends”

          • Guest_august

            It is indeed a War. The war of the End-Time. It involves an internal component and an external component. But in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph gloriously.

            • retona4

              But in the end, you’re ignoring Jesus’ words.

              • GG

                No, you are.

                • retona4

                  Really? Which one of us is ignoring Matthew 24:36, traditionalist?

                  • Enoch14

                    Well the time is nigh. Read the signs of the Times, as the Lord says.

                    • retona4

                      Well, you’re ignoring Jesus’ words too.

                    • Enoch14

                      No I am not. But still we will pray for you

                  • GG

                    You are ignoring His words. Your post show it clearly. The devil quotes scripture.

            • Anne Hendershott

              I admire your hopefulness and your faith – thank you–it gives me hope also!

          • Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz

            “This is a war and we need to destroy the enemy…” Not quite sure how that squares with “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” and “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

            • GG

              And you self interpret that to mean what in this case exactly?
              Love can entail eradicating evil. You have to remember that this type of case is not only about those that affirm evil but that we have an obligation to protect children.

              It is not some simple-minded sola scriptura ideology, but a matter of reconciling all truth.

              • retona4

                (Doesn’t mention how they would eradicate evil by doing to homosexuals what was done to them by Hitler)

                • GG

                  Like Hitler did to priests. BTW, the Nazis were very “gay”.

                  • retona4

                    BTW, you’re glad that happened since they were standing up for the ones you and the Nazis both hated.

                    • GG

                      What are you talking about? It helps if you could make sense when posting.

                    • retona4

                      Your use of “risible.”

                      I rest my case.

                    • GG

                      Again, try making sense.

              • Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz

                I’m not sure what you mean by “self-interpret,” but Dr Hendershott’s statement seems rather unequivocal — “destroy the enemy”, in this case the enemy being those who tried to fire Mrs Jannuzzi, viz the principal and the pastor. “Destroying them” seems irreconcilable with what the Lord commands: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…” Unless there’s some nuance to the word “destroy” that I’m somehow or other missing…

                • GG

                  Destroying their arguments and their ability to harm others. Pretty clear.

                  • retona4

                    Too bad you have no arguments.

          • GG

            Well said.

  • 1crappie2

    We are discussing the arrangement of frosting on a burnt cake. The real issue is, why must the teacher become the main proponent of Catholic thought and teaching, while the church leaders largely remain either conspicuously silent or on the fringe of faithlessness?
    Since the fish has long been symbolic of the faith, I remind myself in these days of crumbling spires that fish rot from the head down…..

    • BXVI

      Last time I looked, homosex is still one of the sins that “cries out to heaven for vengeance.” Yet, I think just about any teacher who publicly stated that today would probably be in for the Jannuzzi Treatment.”

    • a fool

      For most of the people with authority in our Church, their fear of the World is Greater than their love for God and for His Truth! We the people are the Faithful who support the Church by our works and donations. We are also the Citizenry who support the country by our tax and doing our jobs as well as volunteers. We have a voice! Be like Ms. Jannuzzi! People are like the water in the ocean, it can up lift or sink the ship ~ the government officials!

      • Jacqueleen

        Fear is used by Satan for the loss of faith in God….Those who succumb to fear are listening to their father, the devil!!! Lord have mercy on the sinners.

      • Randall Ward

        Very well said.

    • John O’Neill

      Brennan, Dolan and the rest of the Irish American clergy are deeply connected to the Left wing Liberal Democrat Party and they live in fear that they may offend their political leaders. The Democrat party has become the world leader in pushing abortion and homosexuality and so all good Irish democrats will follow their party rather than their Church.

    • Polycarp13

      Christ Jesus said, much will be given, much WILL expected in return. lack of better way of explaining, They are expecting a return on Their investment in each one of us.

  • Elisabeth

    Wouldn´t it be more reasonable and fair to faithful catholics to remove Mons. Brennan instead? Is his reaction and comments to be regarded as courageous and true to catholic teaching on this matter? Obviously, this courageous and devout catholic teacher seems to have few catholic colleagues at her school!

    • Scott W.

      I’m usually against lay administration, but in this case I’d remove the pastor and put Jannuzzi in his place.

    • GG

      Bingo.

    • retona4

      Wouldn’t it be more reasonable to have you fired for your bigotry?

  • Charles Martel

    “…it was not just the tone…”(para 8). It was never the tone. It was always the content. “I object to the tone” is merely code for “shut-up” when the left (and Msgr Brennan) cannot win the argument on its merits. I read the posts in question and there was nothing hateful or inflammatory about them. They accurately reflected Catholic teaching. The Church, as manifested by her dioscese, let Ms Jannuzzi and the entire congregation down. Decisions are now being made on her employment for next year. We need to monitor them to ensure that the dioscese does not use it as an opportunity to quietly dismiss this long-time, well-respected teacher who is teaching more than simple theology through her example.

    • Jacqueleen

      Excellent post! Kudos to you.

    • fredx2

      We must remember the whole purpose of this attempt to intimidate this teacher. The whole point is that they want to silence any person who dares to oppose them. They want to put them through hell, so that others will be afraid to speak their minds.

      This is something new in America. We used to be able to robustly debate matters. Now, if you take certain stances, they are dedicated to making your life hell so that you will never dare speak your mind, and anyone seeing what you went through will get the message – either shut up or we will destroy your life.

      So whether she keeps her job or not simply does not matter to them. They want to create public whipping boys as examples to all the rest of us. So that we know that we had better shut up.

      • Jacqueleen

        The Democratic Church has become the Democratic Communist Church….Mother Mary warned us that the Smoke of Satan has infiltrated the Vatican/church. NOW, PERSECUTION COMES FROM GOVERNMENT, TERRORISTS AND FROM WITHIN THE CHURCH!

  • thomistica

    There are disturbing clericalist overtones of this situation, on the part of the bishop and the monsignor involved.

    Regardless what one thinks about the way the teacher phrased her Facebook comments, , it is highly problematic that a dedicated teacher would have been subjected by these individuals to so much harassing public scrutiny, like someone paraded around in a tumbrel cart during the French Revolution.

    This was a serious injustice, and not how “personnel” issues are normally handled, by any means. Apparently this point was lost on the bishop and monsignor involved.

    I can say all this while also saying that the teacher could have phrased things differently on the Facebook page. But if Catholic dioceses are going to call people on the carpet for their social media content, where’s the consistency of scrutiny?

    One can only hope that this whole incident will be a prelude to creating mechanisms to protect the rights of magisterially sound employees. And … to examine the content of the curricula at Catholic high , including at Immaculata HS but going way beyond, to see in what ways they might depart from Church teaching.

    • Margaret in MI

      All excellent points, except ‘while also saying the teacher could have phrased things differently on the Facebook page’….. meaning that she could have phrased a response to promoting homosexual behavior/advocacy ‘softer’ or more ‘welcoming’ ? Did the pastor refer to her comments as ‘disturbing’ because she referred to concern about ‘civilization’? Just trying to understand everyone’s ‘word smithing’…..

      • thomistica

        No, I never implied that the Church’s doctrine should be softened or made more welcoming. Just that the philosophical, and theological, reasons for the Church’s views need to be elaborated as much as possible in public venues, even Facebook.

        That said, and again, Jannuzzi was wronged by the Diocese of Metuchen.

        Moreover, I remain unsure what the bishop or the monsignor in question really believe about the issues at stake, or what motivated them to take such a Draconian stance. One wonders: would they “police” other social media venues in the same way they policed Jannuzzi? Why their focus on this particular issue? Have they lambasted anyone else? If not, why not? What departures from the magisterium do they routinely overlook in classrooms in the diocese, or from the pulpit, or in what is said in religious retreats?

        Personally, I would have very serious hesitations about sending a child to any school in that diocese without a whole lot of research about what actually is taught in the religion classes there.

        Persons in the Diocese of Metuchen should be very concerned about all this. Complaints to the Vatican would be perfectly in order. One wonders what canon law mechanisms there are for laypersons in such cases to air grievances.

        • lifeknight

          Excellent point. Parents should fear what their children are being taught……especially in “Catholic” schools. It is worse to learn from dissidents than to learn nothing at all.

          • Älter und weiser

            Fortunately in my area, we have some faithful Catholic grammar schools and high schools. I did steer my children away from Catholic colleges however, better to be in a faithful minority than to be exposed to institutionally approved heresy.

        • Anne Hendershott

          You are right Thomistica – I do not believe the administration of that school have paid any attention to the facebook posts of other theology teachers–the posts that are critical of Catholic teachings on same sex behavior, reproductive rights and women’s ordination. Neither the Monsignor nor the principal seem to have paid much attention to those posts. I have!

          • thomistica

            Jannuzzi’s counsel did an excellent job in restoring her job. She must be a very nice person; personally it was within her rights to have sued this diocese for an exorbitant amount. In any case: one can only hope that faithful Catholics will resort to counsel in similar situations. One can only imagine what faithful teachers in Cordileone’s archdiocese are undergoing by way of pressure from other teachers.

            • retona4

              Personally, I would refuse to ever attend another class of hers if I was a student of hers.

          • Glenn M. Ricketts

            They are afraid; she is not afraid.

          • Älter und weiser

            IMHO, you are wrong.
            That is exactly why she was re-instated.
            They knew that somebody would soon surface the posts of the other teachers and they would have to fire everybody.
            So they beat a hasty retreat.

        • “One wonders: would they “police” other social media venues in the same way they policed Jannuzzi? Why their focus on this particular issue? Have they lambasted anyone else? If not, why not? What departures from the magisterium do they routinely overlook in classrooms in the diocese, or from the pulpit, or in what is said in religious retreats?”

          Moreover, would any other person have been flogged in public as she was- no doubt hoping to assuage the mob that was yelling “Crucify her, crucify her”?

          • thomistica

            One can only wonder how many times Jannuzzi’s treatment has been replicated across the country. Or in Europe.

    • GG

      In our inverted culture as soon as one calls offesne, legitimate or illegitimate, then the speaker is forced to restate the truth so as to conform to a new and false standard.

      Just because the effete claim offense is not reason to enable their kooky desires.

    • retona4

      It’s an injustice to can someone for their bigotry?

      • GG

        No bigotry in this case, except from the “gay” lobby.

        • retona4

          Really? So then spouting about a bigoted conspiracy that you traditionalists cooked up isn’t bigotry, but doing the just thing is?

          • GG

            Cooked up? It is obvious to anyone with eyes and an IQ above 70.

            • retona4

              What is? That you loons believe anything bad you hear about homosexuals?

              • BXVI

                retona4 – It is undeniable that politically active homosexuals have an agenda. They want to society to accept homosexual marriage. They also want to prevent what they consider to be unjust discrimination against homosexuals.They also seem willing to engage in some pretty unsavory tactics to accomplish their objectives. Just look what they did to Memories Pizza in Indiana. It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that Mrs. Jannuzzi was not claiming that homosexuals were literally scheming to murder everyone else off. She was obviously saying that, in her view, implementation of the homosexual political agenda will eventually weaken, if not destroy, Western Civilization. If you think she was literally saying there is some kind of murderous conspiracy, then I really don’t know what to say to you because it is unlikely we could engage in any form of rational discussion about this issue.

      • fredx2

        What an odd statement. You define being in favor of male female marriage as “bigotry”? You must live in some alternative universe, where wrong is right and right is wrong.

  • Seamrog

    How can you nicely tell someone you believe in you heart and soul that they are trying to destroy what is good and holy about our civilization?

    You can’t.

    You can’t do that and keep the Easter and Christmas Catholics who make up a significant portion of your parish and enrollment at the parish school happy.

    The actions Msgr. Brennan took are a clear sign of what is more important to him, and obviously to the Bishop, and the principal of the school.

    I think Facebook is the last place the Truth should be spoken however. It should be spoken at our dinner tables, at our neighborhood bar-b-q’s, at our public meetings.

    It should be spoken in our Catholic Schools, at the School Board meetings, and proudly taught in our universities.

    The Truth should be spoken in our parishes. It should be preached at our Holy Masses, and at every wedding and baptism.

    It should be trumpeted, proclaimed and promoted by our Bishops.

    • retona4

      The truth is that you are as scummy as the witch this article is about.

      • Seamrog

        The Truth is that Jesus Christ suffered, died and rose on the third day. He ascended into heaven, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

        From today’s reading:

        “After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
        ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
        and dismissed them.
        So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
        rejoicing that they had been found worthy
        to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
        And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
        they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.”

        • retona4

          No shit, sherlock.

          • Seamrog

            Storing treasure in heaven, huh?

            • retona4

              You traditionalists certainly aren’t.

              • Seamrog

                I’ll trust Jesus and the Church He founded.

                You are free to spout your bigotry and hatred and curses…

                We will continue to proclaim the Truth.

                • retona4

                  What truth? The one where Paul gives you traditionalists a phony reason to treat your wives like crap?

                  • Seamrog

                    The Truth that we are made in His image – male and female, and that we are made for a permanent, sacramental union.

                    The Truth that homosexual behavior, and the homosexual lifestyle is a grave sin that is to be avoided.

                    The Truth that following God’s law, and God’s plan for our lives is the one true path to freedom, to happiness, to peace, to health in mind, body and spirit, and to eternal life.

                    That Truth.

                    The Truth.

                    • retona4

                      “The Truth that we are made in His image – male and female, and that we are made for a permanent, sacramental union.”

                      Come back when you smarten up and stop believing that fairy tale, traditionalist.

                    • Seamrog

                      Your body is not a fairy tale. It is one proof that men were not made for men.

                      I’m not going anywhere. I am where I belong – in the Church that Jesus founded.

                      Put your anger, bitterness and hatred behind you, and come join us as we walk towards the Light.

                    • retona4

                      “It is one proof that men were not made for men.”

                      Last time I checked, gay men doing it was physically possible. Explain that one, traditionalist.

                    • Seamrog

                      They cannot procreate.

                      They have the highest rate of STD infection in the country.

                      They have higher rates of suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse.

                      They have higher rates of colon cancer.

                      They have higher rates of depression….

                      I could go on, but these examples are enough to demonstrate that men were not made for men.

                      They were made to be with a woman that compliments him.

                    • retona4

                      Prove it. I expect 5 sources for each of your claims. I’m waiting.

                    • Seamrog

                      I took a minute to look through your profile – the entirety of your posting are one line hit-and-run insults.

                      When you can demonstrate that you have matured, and can carry a conversation in a rational, intelligent, respectful manner, I would be glad to provide you sources for each of those claim.

                      They are factual, but I suspect that facts are not important to you.

                      You are only here to insult and spread bigotry and hatred.

                      Your history is proof of that.

                    • retona4

                      In other words, you have none. Thanks for admitting that.

                    • Carl

                      It’s homophobic to study the homosexual lifestyle, didn’t you know that!!

                    • Vinny

                      I wish my wife would compliment me.

                    • Asmondius

                      Just be grateful for the complement.

                    • Rich C.

                      Don’t drop the soap around them.

                    • GG

                      They act out perversion. Just because some act can be done is not evidence it should be done. Grow up.

                    • retona4

                      50 years ago, you’d have used the same argument for interracial marriage, traditionalist.

                    • GG

                      No, that is a lie. 50 years ago you would have been in a mental hospital. Now you are out in society destroying morals.

                    • retona4

                      Ah, I see. You claim I am an idiot, yet you apparently ignore my comments where I admit to being straighter than an arrow.

                    • Jay

                      All faithful Catholics are traditionalists

                    • Jay

                      Again, all faithful Catholics are traditionalists.

                    • Asmondius

                      Doing it with certain animals or a knothole is physically possible for male homosexuals as well.
                      .
                      Quite an achievement for humanity.

                    • Glenn M. Ricketts

                      What exactly are they “doing?” Please explain.

                    • fredx2

                      They also were tearing up parts of their anatomy that were not intended for that particular use.

                    • retona4

                      “The Truth that homosexual behavior, and the homosexual lifestyle is a grave sin that is to be avoided.”

                      So is eating ribs, traditionalist, but you have no problem with that.

                    • Seamrog

                      Thank you for acknowledging that homosexual behavior and the homosexual lifestyle is gravely sinful.

                      This is a good first step for you.

                      Now go educate yourself on why Catholics can enjoy delicious ribs and bacon (just not on Fridays)

                    • retona4

                      Making shit up, traditionalist? I know it’s a favorite pastime of you dolts.

                    • Seamrog

                      No – just demonstrating that your efforts here are nothing more than the petulant rants of a child in need of discipline.

                      And a mouth full of soap.

                    • retona4

                      Thanks for making my point, traditionalist.

                    • Seamrog

                      Thank you for making the author’s point.

                      You are an ideal example of what we are against.

                    • GG

                      Indeed. This is the level of intellect and moral reasoning we endure.

                    • Asmondius

                      They must believe they are winning – have sent in the JV.

                    • Jay

                      All faithful Catholics are traditionalists.

                    • Asmondius

                      Heh – this one seems to think that ‘traditionalist’ is the equivalent of a Catholic fundamentalist (hence the Bible-thumping).

                    • Rich C.

                      Bacon should be enjoyed every day of the week.

                  • GG

                    I marvel at the small-mindedness of people like you. You have no knowledge of the faith or Scripture. Like a fundamentalist Protestant you know very little about the faith and draw erroneous conclusions due to your ignorance. It is risible.

                    • retona4

                      Risible? How about you come into the 21st Century, traditionalist, and use terms the rest of us know?

                    • Geoff Kiernan West Australia

                      Its tough when you comment from a position of ignorance

                    • retona4

                      I’m not the one giving away where he lives in his user name.

                    • GG

                      I am in the 21 century. It is just that I am not a relativist or sophist.

                    • Augustus

                      Ignorance of vocabulary is a sign of progress? Not surprising coming from someone willfully ignorant of Latin. Apparently holds the same attitude toward English.

                • Jadissock

                  You may have been nursing teenage grievances in 2007 when Pope Benedict confirmed that diocesan permission was not required to say the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but I can assure you that it did happen.

              • Siwash

                I LOVE being called a traditionalist! Thank you much, my friend; we hold to good and true traditions as well as we can, especially when blather, threat and nonsense appear.

                • retona4

                  So you love attending invalid Masses in a dead language?

                  • Chi Rho

                    Er… The Tridentine Rite isn’t Invalid.

                    • retona4

                      Er, it’s in a dead language and can’t be celebrated without the permission of the diocese. I’ll bet you that parish doesn’t have permission.

                    • Chi Rho

                      You haven’t heard of ‘Summorum Pontificum,’ have you ?

                    • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

                      Look, look every time you post something, you show more clearly that you know almost nothing about Catholicism, and what little you know, you hate. Have you investigated the Episcopal “church”? It is perfect for people like you.

      • GG

        Are you 12 years old?

        • retona4

          Are you a scumbag traditionalist?

          • GG

            No. But, thanks for asking.

            • Asmondius

              I thought Spring Break was over.
              .
              Must be home today with Test-itis

        • R

          All the best comments are deleted.

  • Siwash

    When one explores these stories further, it’s common for the haters (here, the school principal and the monsignor) to have serious problems themselves.

    • GG

      Excellent. The question to ask Bishops, priests, and laity involved in any issue like this is…Are you homosexual yourself and do you accept that such desires are unnatural?

      • retona4

        (Ignores Catholics who eat at Famous Dave’s and play football)

        • GG

          Huh? How is that relevant?

          • retona4

            Oh, just the fact that both those things are banned by the Bible, but you traditionalists completely ignore that.

            • GG

              This is the level of intellectual wattage we have to refute? Really? That is an old, and illegitimate, assertion. The OT mixes ceremonial law, civil law, and moral law. Do you think all are unchanging? Do you think in 2000 years no one noted such?

              • retona4

                Do you think that you traditionalists could grow up and join the rest of us modern Catholics?

                • GG

                  What is a modern Catholic?

                  • Seamrog

                    Apparently the Catholics who reject the teaching of Jesus and his Church.

                    • retona4

                      Point out where Jesus said only men can be priests. Point out where Jesus said homosexuality is immoral.

                    • Seamrog

                      Jesus never married, and Jesus established the Sacrament of Marriage as the permanent bond between one man, and one woman.

                      You lose.

                    • GG

                      Point our where the bible teaches sola scriptura.

                    • retona4

                      All the passages that you use to justify your homophobia.

                    • GG

                      No. There is no such thing as homophobia. The bible, clearly, reveals sodomy is demonic and leads to hell if not repented. Case closed.

                    • retona4

                      “There is no such thing as homophobia.”

                      Tell that to all the homophobes out there and on the Internet. Quite a few websites do nothing when their users call homosexuals “f*ggots.”

                    • GG

                      That is not “homophobia”. That is as ignorant as you are, but not some contrived political term.

                    • retona4

                      Translation: “I, CG, admit to being willfully ignorant.”

                    • GG

                      No, it means you are a mindless follower.

                    • retona4

                      “The bible, clearly, reveals sodomy is demonic and leads to hell if not repented.”

                      So does getting a tattoo. Do you hate our soldiers if they got one?

                    • GG

                      I already mentioned that your understanding of the faith and the bible is flawed. You make simplistic, and incorrect, assertions about what the bible actually teaches.

                      Again, do you think in 2000 years no one has answered your pathetic assertions?

                    • retona4

                      What the Bible actually teaches is that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, yet you support that witch for doing the opposite.

                    • GG

                      If you loved your neighbor you would not encourage mortal sin.

                    • retona4

                      LOL.

                    • Asmondius

                      The let’s match you up with a serial killer as a guest, since it would be unloving to keep her in prison.

                    • BXVI

                      Yes, retona4, we are to love our neighbors. That does not mean we must encourage or condone mortal sins like fornication, adultery, incest, or homosexual conduct.

                    • fredx2

                      Needs his meds

                    • PaulOfTarsus

                      All the best Catholics disagree with virtually every Catholic doctrine. Or so I am told.

                    • BXVI

                      Have you read the first chapter of the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans? I commend it to you.

                    • GG

                      Yes, and behave as a 12 year old.

                  • retona4

                    Catholics who are smart enough to know that Vatican II was the best thing for the Church in centuries. Catholics who are smart enough to know that treating others who the Bible says are evil is wrong.

                    • GG

                      So, modern means stupid to you. Got it.

                    • retona4

                      It’s stupid to believe that reconciling with the Jews was a good thing? It’s stupid to believe that Vatican enabled all to take part in the Mass instead of one?

                    • GG

                      Such ignorance is beyond comprehension.

                    • retona4

                      Oh, so I’m ignorant because I know that the Church doing the moral thing and apologizing for centuries of persecution towards the Jews was right?

                    • GG

                      No, you are ignorant because your post about topics you know nothing about.

                    • retona4

                      Please explain how my mentioning of what Vatican II did means I know nothing about it.

                    • Asmondius

                      Picture Archie Bunker as a homosexual atheist.

                    • GG

                      Thanks for the laugh. Funny and true. Perfect.

                  • Asmondius

                    No weekly envelopes – tithe via PayPal with your smartphone.

                • Vinny

                  “Modern” Catholics?

                  • retona4

                    Ones that have homosexuals for friends, traditionalist. It’s called loving your neighbor as yourself.

                    • Veritas

                      “…It’s called loving…”

                      Loving? Your posts? Loving?

                    • Enoch14

                      It is called abomination. You really need to repent and the friends. We are praying for you all

        • fredx2

          I like it when really dumb, uninformed people comment a lot and make fools of themselves.

      • Siwash

        Spot on! I have begun wondering whether the collapse of Catholic resistance to gay marriage has been due to homosexual priests—homosexual priests who either are being quietly supportive of this patent nonsense, or who fear blackmail if they resist this junk.

        • retona4

          Oh, you mean the priests who raped little children that you full support?

  • retona4

    Fire the witch and make sure she never gets another job.

    • GG

      The gays are back in town.

      • Scott W.

        Please don’t feed. Flag instead.

        • retona4

          I see! You traditionalists only allow those of your own kind to comment here.

        • GG

          I rarely flag. I like the “gay” persons to post so that all may see the the type of logic used. It is a testament to their lack of reasoning skills.

          • retona4

            Too bad I’m straight, traditionalist.

            • GG

              No such thing as “gay” or “straight”. Those are “gay” terms.

              • retona4

                And you claim I have piss poor arguments, traditionalist.

      • retona4

        I’m straight. Tough for you, traditionalist.

        • GG

          Your ideology is “gay”.

          • retona4

            Standing up for an individual’s freedom is “gay”? Were the civil rights leaders “gay”?

            • GG

              You do not know what freedom is. Protecting perversion is “gay”.

              • retona4

                So then those who fought for the legalization of interracial marriages were “gay”, traditionalist?

                • GG

                  Interracial marriage is not perversion. Sodomy is. Is this news to you?

                  • retona4

                    Oh, but 50 years ago, it was in many places. In some places, it still is. BTW, 19 states allow incest, but I don’t see you and your kind complaining about that.

                    • GG

                      Sodomy is always perversion. Try and keep up.

                    • retona4

                      50 years ago, interracial marriage was considered sodomy in many places. But please, continue to ignore that fact and the fact that you and your kind care nothing about incest being legal in over a quarter of American states.

                    • GG

                      Hard to argue with someone you does not know facts or logic.

                    • retona4

                      (Talks about not knowing logic after admitting to not know how to put together a sentence.)

                    • Tony

                      DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS. Do not reply. The poor guy knows no history, no theology, no philosophy. He is a jumble of silly canards and prejudices. He has no idea what he is talking about. DO NOT FEED. We need to have a solid discussion on what to do to reach people who simply do not understand what sex is for. TROLLS DISTRACT. Do not feed. PONTICOLAE NON PASCENDI.

        • Gui

          Post adolescent Nose-picking bed wetting troll alert. Stop bothering the adults and consider getting a better education than the one your parents wasted their taxes dollars and personal money.

          • retona4

            I went to Catholic school my whole life. I never wet the bed. Nice try.

            • Benny

              You forgot to write ‘traditionalist’ LOL

      • Asmondius

        More likely, several middleschoolers whose sub went off for a bit to flirt with the man fixing the water fountain down the hall.

  • Vinny

    “…gay men and lesbian women were behind “an agenda to reengineer western civilization into a slow extinction…” “Are” behind would’ve been more accurate since it’s the truth. Certainly not all are but those who aren’t are being used by those progressives who want to progress humanity into oblivion. Who cannot see the devil at work? Apparently, many.

    • retona4

      Prove it. Prove that there is a secret conspiracy by homosexuals to wipe out humanity,

      • JP

        1)Who said it was a secret conspiracy?
        2)Who said queers wish to wipe-out humanity?

        • retona4

          The teacher and Vinny.

        • Asmondius

          They certainly seem to be doing a fair job of wiping out each other out.

  • Gail Finke

    Is that fellow who just replies to everything with an accusation about being a “traditionalist” just some troll with nothing else to do, or is he/she making an ironic fake accusation for his/her own amusement? I really can’t tell.

    • Vinny

      “he/she” may be true too.

    • Scott W.

      Well, I can’t understand why anyone would think “traditionalist” will hurt our feelings. Since the post Vatican II Catechism, the more recent CDF document on same-sex unions both affirm that homosex is wrong, and even our current Holy Father calling same-sex marriage a “machination of the father of lies”, then that’s quite a lot of traditionalist encirclement! I’d just call it good company, but anyway, a soul poised over an article combox ready to gainsay is not a soul at peace. Pray for him (and me if you would).

    • Vinny

      Maybe he or she is just being the Devil’s advocate.

  • Geoff Kiernan West Australia

    How long will it be before the heretic’ find another excuse to fire her……

  • Don Konwinski

    Well, I have to admit I don’t know the whole story – who said what or what tones were used. I do hope the Catholic Church representatives are giving a great deal of attention to what Catholic Church teaching actually is and promulgating that teaching boldly. It surely seems to me that those in favor of gay behavior and gay marriage are making a lot of noise, and LOUD noise at that. Meanwhile, the main media outlets seem to sound pretty supportive of this inappropriate ‘theology’ of gays and their supporters. (It’s almost as though many of those in the media are gay themselves and want to justify any gay actions in which they, themselves, might be involved!) These facts, to me, offer all the more justification for Mrs. Jannuzzi’s speaking out. The fact that so many are cowards doesn’t mean that we all have to be. And the fact that many are ignorant of Catholic Church teaching doesn’t mean we all have to be, or that Catholic teaching should be squelched. Again, I don’t the tone or the whole story; but I do wish actual Catholic Teaching would be promulgated. Thank you for trying, Mrs. J.!

    • Seamrog

      Look at the viciousness she faces for professing the faith.

      Look at how the Pastor and Bishop treated her.

      I’d bet an arm and a leg that she has received death threats.

      I pray for her – strength and support and more Grace.

  • TERRY

    To me it boils down to this – how many of you would want Monsignor Brennan as your spiritual adviser?

    • thomistica

      I wouldn’t. Nor would I want to have this bishop as my bishop. I think both of them should offer a public apology for exposing a layperson to national press scrutiny (who on earth would want that, and especially with respect to this hottest of public issues?), plus reiterate in a detailed press release and from the pulpit their unswaying commitment to the Church’s teaching about marriage and how fundamental it is to civilization. But don’t hold your breath.

      • retona4

        I’d gladly have Msgr. Brennan as my adviser. In fact, I’d be glad to advise him and the bishop to fire that witch and prevent her from ever having another job with the diocese.

        • Seamrog

          Except that he reluctantly upheld the teaching of the Church on homosexuals and their behavior.

          Would you be this rude and disrespectful when he was advising you that you are in opposition to Jesus and His Church?

          • retona4

            Yeah, pretty much. Especially since the clergy that taught me would have had her fired too.

            • Seamrog

              If you did go through Catholic schools, your parents should demand their tuition money back.

              • retona4

                Why? Because they taught me what was truly right?

                • Carl

                  Troll alert!! Rrrr Rrrr Rrr Rrrr

            • Randall Ward

              I just read most of your posts you have made, from other conversations. You are full of hate; exactly what is the object of your hate. You mention that your mom and dad divorced in 2007; is that the source? You also mention that you attended a catholic school. Posting hateful comments on web sites is not going to help your condition. You might just realize that life is tough for all of us and we all have to face life, bravely if possible. God will help you if you only ask him. He helped me and I am certainly a sinner.

              • hiernonymous

                ” Posting hateful comments on web sites is not going to help your condition.”

                Hmmm.

            • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

              Obviously, the clergy taught you nothing Catholic.

              • What ever happened to proper catechesis?

        • GaudeteMan

          which is the real witch?

        • Chris Cloutier

          How loving and forgiving.

        • Siwash

          retona4 gives up a sad post here. Read the CCC, learn a fuller view of human life.

        • BXVI

          Excellent show of love there, retona4. You speak elsewhere of loving one’s neighbor but the hatred that pours forth in your posts shows you as a hater not only of faithful Catholics but of the Church’s timeless and unchangeable teachings on homosexuality and marriage.

          I have a suggestion. Instead of just spewing venom, why don’t you make a serious attempt to understand why the Church teaches what She does about homosexuality, and then make an effort to conform your conscience to that teaching? If you truly believe the Church to have been founded by Jesus Christ and to be guided by the Holy Spirit, how about giving Her the benefit of the doubt and approach the Church’s teaching with an open mind and a committed heart? If you don’t believe she was so-founded and is so-guided, then maybe it is time to consider whether you really want to be Catholic?

    • LongIslandMichael

      I’ll pass on that.

    • I’ll gladly nominate his for the Pontius Pilate award.
      I’m half tempted to send him a bowl to wash his hands in.

      • Rich C.

        You probably don’t even wash your hands after going to the bathroom.

        • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

          My, your discourse is certainly elevated today! Please tell me you are no older than fifteen.

        • If you don’t understand the reference, keep quiet.

  • Chris Cloutier

    Anne,
    Always enjoy reading your articles. I do detest that a perfectly good word in the English language has been co-opted by the radical, leftist, homosexual movement. Can we call them homosexuals in the future which is more accurate, since there is nothing gay about homosexuality. Thanks.

    • Anne Hendershott

      I agree with you..unfortunately labeling them “homosexuals” sometimes shuts the conversation down completely. Although as you point out, they are not really wanting to be part of this conversation anyway.

  • Carl

    The teacher’s comments are searchable on the internet and are exactly as some including myself believe the argument should be presented. Her argument presents the US Constitution, human biology and reasoning, and the false narratives the other side makes. Perfect.

    No “Bible Thumbing at all.” Probably why she is being attacked so hard.

    Probably the “harshest” comment is her call for healthy families, well, I think a healthy family requires the biology to procreate by definition.

    • Randall Ward

      Thumping.

  • Glenn M. Ricketts

    I’m coming in later here, but I join others in rejoicing that she was reinstated. But it was nevertheless a sad, sad day for the Church that her bishop and his bureaucratic minions were so repulsively pusillanimous, instead of commending her and unambiguously affirming Church teaching on marriage. St. John Fisher render unto us your assistance. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

    • Jacqueleen

      Could it be that the Monsignor and the Bishop are gay?

      • Glenn M. Ricketts

        I’ve no reason to think so – as it happens, I live in this very diocese. But they’re certainly no defenders of the faith, are they?

        • Jacqueleen

          One would think that they are in the business of losing souls rather than saving souls…..or is that latter concept old fashion in the eyes of the liberal clergy? Just saying……old fashion me.

        • Randall Ward

          They should be confronted by the faithful laity.

          • Glenn M. Ricketts

            They are. The problem is that so many of the laity are on the wrong side of the issue – they very much reflect the Church of NIceness.

        • How do they conduct themselves otherwise?

          • Glenn M. Ricketts

            They collect money and avoid controversy.

            • Wonderful. I’ve often wondered how they escape charges of “mammon” from the agoraphobics.

              • Glenn M. Ricketts

                I don’t think that would bother them very much. But if anyone says “homophobia,”……………….

      • Rich C.

        Are they twinks, bears or one of each?

  • BXVI

    It’s hard to follow this stuff and not conclude that we are doomed. We won’t be able to accomplish anything until the dissenters are booted from the Church. How are we supposd to evangelize the world when our left hand is constantly working against our right hand? Isn’t it about time for an ultimatum? They need to leave and form their own Church if they hate Catholic teaching. Frankly, I’m sick of it.

    • Veritas

      “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

      “The world hated me and they will hate you.”

      Who is doomed?

  • Veritas

    Thank you, Anne, for reporting and commenting on this story. Your work is truly appreciated by Ms. Jannuzzi.

    • Anne Hendershott

      I really admire her courage – not sure I would have been as gracious as she has been.

  • Interesting that the “apology letter” is under a directory named “marketing”.

  • joespook

    Exposing what happened to this teacher generated sufficient illumination to cause the diocesan Lavender Mafia to scatter – for now. Watch your six, Ms. Jannuzzi.

  • LongIslandMichael

    She should never have been suspended in the first place. Disgraceful how this teacher stood by and up for the Christ and His Church only to be humiliated and stabbed in the back the Church’s leader’s in the Dioceses.

    Thank you Ms Jannuzzi for standing up for Christ and the Church and it’s teaching. I hope you sue the dioceses since the only thing they worry about is their own personal image and wallets rather than the Truth of Christ.

    • Wonder if they gave her back pay?

  • orientstar

    Now let’s get rid of the Bishop!

    • He will be 75 on July 4 and will be submitting his resignation.

      • orientstar

        Thanks for the good news -let’s hope the new appointment is even better news.

        • Two words. Blaise Cupich.

          • orientstar

            Ouch, you’re right – I did say hope! Maybe pray would be good!

  • Scott W.

    Like another commenter said, let’s keep an eye on this story and make sure the admin doesn’t try anything sneaky after the media attention dies down. And if you are in a Catholic school with its head screwed on right, hire her.

  • Jacqueleen

    “Monsignor Brennan cautions that “a Catholic school teacher must always
    communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful.” TELL THAT TO ST. PADRE PIO! A very popular saint who said it like it is without fear! Can’t say that for the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. We are the Church Militant and NOT THE CHURCH OF NICE. We are soldiers for Jesus through Mary and fear has no place in our mission. Monsignor, it is the clergy from the top down who are silent and fearful…..The smoke has infiltrated the church.
    The Church of Nice is in the business of LOSING SOULS! I hope they like the smell of sulfur! My congratulations to Patricia Januzzi for her courageous stand on the Word of God!

  • Jacqueleen

    Many of us wrote Bishop Bootkoski asking for Patricia’s reinstatement and congratulating Patricia for her courageous stand on the Word of God. This is obviously a “conditional” reinstatement which will affect her contract renewal. I pray not! However, there is a group of us who always attend the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in the Metuchen Diocese and the Bishop will be there for the first apparition on May 13th. We plan on walking out when he is at the podium unless he verbally in front of the entire group present, states that her job is secure for many years to come and her file is clean. The faithful remnant have had enough of the stroking of bad behaviors and addictions by the questionable, liberal bishops. How about saving a few souls or doesn’t that matter to the liberal church of wimps? Persecution is coming to Christians from within…Come, Lord Jesus, come!

    • Anne Hendershott

      You are courageous!

      • Jacqueleen

        Not I, but the soldier in me for Jesus through Mary…that is an organization that I am starting…..”Soldiers for Jesus Through Mary!” Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I am working on its birth. God bless the Church Militant!

    • Seamrog

      I don’t understand why our Bishops are not more public about this.

      Either you accept and believe the teachings of Jesus, or you are embarrassed by them and stay on the sidelines, shuffling the cards around behind the scenes to keep a low profile.

      I wonder how many more would step out of the quiet shadows and support this teacher if our Bishops and priests would support her.

      • Jacqueleen

        Father Peter West of Human Life International did publicly as a matter of fact. God bless him. Many other priest have supported her but are afraid to speak out due to a backlash from the Bishops who have warned them to not get involved……The church is in the business of losing souls….Satan’s at the helm.

        • Seamrog

          Well, no. Jesus still guides His Church, I trust in that, and that in the end, He will prevail.

          I do have to ask (and a priest should ask) why would a Bishop ask his priests not to be involved with the injustice that was done to this woman?

          Are they similarly being encouraged to do the same with outspoken members of their own parishes? By default, that answer is YES.

          WHY would that be?!?

          What is the real goal of these Bishops?

          • Jacqueleen

            Please let me clarify my statement….The Bishops advise the clergy not to get involved with anything political or controversial. Case in point, I invited many priests, nuns and seminarians to attend the rally for the definition of marriage in a local town….NOT ONE OF THEM ATTENDED FOR ONE HOUR! They all had excuses.
            You seem to know about the outspoken members of the parish but I think you mean the big contributors, don’t you?

            First, the Democratic Church has become the Communist Church following the Democratic party of their choice.
            Second, the Church has become a big business…such as replace the missing attendance at church by the apostate Catholics with illegal immigrants….more in the collection basket and to the cooker with the lost souls.
            Third, power and control. Most young priests that I speak to seem to be afraid of what the Bishop & Pastor will do or say….Not a good sign, if you ask me.

            Mother Mary says to fight…We are the Church Militant!

            “Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with
            you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut
            themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little
            children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which
            the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with
            the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not
            conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having
            responded to my call.” (March 25, 2015)

  • hombre111

    I would have to see the post on Facebook. If I were the pastor, iots tone would be the deciding factor. Since you do not quote her post, it is not easy to understand what the dustup is all about.

    • bonaventure

      I would wonder what kind of pressure he was under, and from whom

      From liberal and homofascist activists like yourself.

      • hombre111

        A pastor gets all kinds of pressure. In my Red State, the pressure usually comes from the right-wing ideologues in the congregation who are unable to listen to inconvenient truths.

        • GG

          Like what? That perpetual adultery is a sin?

          • hombre111

            Can’t have a conversation about cars with somebody who strips a Ford down to its wheels and calls it an automobile. Can’t have a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand that the sad issue of divorce and remarriage is very complicated, and can’t be summarized by calling it “perpetual adultery.”

            • fredx2

              Why in the world did you become a priest if you didn’t agree with the church’s stands on moral issues?

              • GG

                Google Sinkspur.

            • GG

              IOW, you are a relativist. Nothing mew here.

      • GG

        Amen.

    • “Since you do not quote her post, it is not easy to understand what the dustup is all about.”

      It was easy to see what you said when you said Crisis was a terrible place that required your departure-when are you going to get around to keeping your promise?

  • bonaventure

    If that is possible, she should sue them in an ecclesial court.

  • reddog44

    The truth must not only be harsh but effective. as Hebrews 4:12 states.

    “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

    I admire Mrs. Jannuzzi for her boldness. We need more of her.

  • Jacqueleen

    What perfect timing…..I just found this Scripture:

    2 Timothy 1:7 The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit.

    So, then, what happened Bishops?

  • Jacqueleen

    Monsignor’s criticism of Patricia Januzzi’s tone and the Bishop’s support of her release in the first place summed up a huge SLAP IN THE FACE to all of us who rallied on March 21, for American Needs Fatima. More than 2100 rallies took place throughout the country with banners and signs that stated God’s definition of marriage. We did receive some loud boisterous non-repeatable phrases by the gays passing by but, should we have caved in under opposing rudeness? Were our signs in a poor tone? Will we all be banished from the Catholic church for rallying and letting our voices be heard relative to the Word of God? FAITHFUL REMNANT, I ASK YOU, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?”

    Mother Mary has warned us that the SMOKE OF SATAN HAS INFILTRATED THE CHURCH. Persecution will accelerate from the Terrorists, the Government and now from within the church! God help us!

    St. Padre Pio, you were persecuted and punished by the church for your rage when people came to confession and covered up their sins. You were gifted by God to see the hearts of men. God gave you many gifts and signs; the stigmata, the gift of a good confessor, the reading of hearts, the gift of healing and more. Pray for the us!

  • John Grondelski

    If one reads the original statement issued by Bishop Bootkoski, one would have no clue as to what is being talked about, it is so oblique (and does not even mention Jannuzzi by name). Of course, that doesn’t affect the real impact of putting her on admin leave. But the Diocese of Metuchen has excelled in oblique doublespeak: consider that Bishop Bootkoski’s expertise–closing or consolidating churches–is always phrased by the diocesan propoganda machine as “renewing the local church of Metuchen” (yeah, clearly what America needs is FEWER churches).

    There is one silver lining in the event: Jannuzzi has her job back this summer while, hopefully, in the official Roman lingo “having reached the canonical age” on July 4, 2015, Paul Bootkoski will be out of his.

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