The Diocese of Helena (Montana) is defending its decision to fire an unwed Butte Central teacher because she is pregnant, the Montana Standard website reports today (February 5, 2014).
Shaela Evenson "made a willful decision to violate the terms of her contract," which requires her to follow Catholic teachings in both her personal and professional life, Superintendent Patrick Haggarty said yesterday.
This morning, Haggarty defended the decision in a new interview with The Montana Standard newspaper. "It's not easy being a Christian or a Catholic in today's world," Haggarty said. "Our faith asks us to do things that right now are not popular with society."
Evenson taught sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade literature and physical education at the school for the past nine years. She was dismissed on January 10 after the diocese received an anonymous letter revealing that she is pregnant.