Punishing the Victim of Abuse
By now I am sure that most readers of this blog have heard the story: a Catholic school teacher in San Diego was fired from her position because she was the victim of domestic violence: despite a restraining order, her husband showed up at the school, and the school is concerned about the safety of the other students. (Her four children are also students at the school.) A detailed news report about the story is here. Two very thoughtful posts from other blogs about this story are here and here.
I don’t really have much to add to this except to record my own sense of horror and shame: how could a CATHOLIC school, and a CATHOLIC diocese do this? Is there some aspect of the story I am missing or not understanding? How can they possibly justify doing this?
I posted some of these links on my FaceBook page, and one of my FB friends cryptically responded with a variation of “The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Well, I don’t want evil to triumph, but honestly I have no idea what to do. Pray, of course, but I want to act in a more temporal fashion. I suppose I could write to the Bishop, Robert Brom, but I have limited faith in the power of such letters.
What are your thoughts on this affair? What can or should be done?
UPDATE (6/18/2013): It is being reported in the media that she is being offered a job at an unidentified private school in the Los Angeles letter. It is also being reported that parents at Holy Trinity had a demonstration in support of her firing. More can be found here.