TKC BREAKING NEWS!!!! WOMAN FIRED BY KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC CHURCH OVER GAY MARRIAGE FILES LAWSUIT TODAY!!!
Colleen Simon is taking a stand against Kansas City Catholic discriminatory employment practices today in front of the offices of the diocese . . .
Remember . . .
Catholic church fires woman over her same-sex marriage
And now . . .
Here's the latest legal action against Bishop Finn and The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese
CHECK THIS KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC LAWSUIT NOTICE RIGHT NOW!!!
ONLY ON TKC . . . READ THE PETITION STATEMENT THAT WAS FILED EARLIER TODAY!!!
Here is her FULL STATEMENT . . .
“Last year, I believed God had answered my prayers when I was hired by St. Francis Xavier Church as Director of Social Ministries. Through that position, I oversaw and advanced the operations of the Church’s food pantry, which feeds over 70 local families in need each month. I also had the responsibility of raising up Catholic Social Teachings within the parish, so that through faith we could work together on justice issues.
"Having been raised Catholic, I deeply internalized the Church’s mission to serve those at the margins, and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to fulfill my calling through my work.
"However, as much as my Catholic roots are a part of my identity, so is my love for my family, including for my wife of over two years, the Reverend Donna Simon of St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church. Before even applying for this job, which I wanted so badly, I let the church know that I am a lesbian, and was still encouraged to apply. During my interview with the pastor, I shared that I am married, and that many people in Kansas City know this about us. After I was employed, my wife, like any spouse, attended a fundraiser at the food pantry and many of my co-workers had the opportunity to meet her as my spouse.
"The Church hired me for my qualifications not based on who I loved. My dedication to St. Francis Xavier showed in my work and in the growth and success of the food pantry—the number of new parishioners who volunteered or contributed, and the programs developed to better serve our families in need.
"For these reasons, I was surprised and dismayed when I was terminated from my job after an article appeared in the Kansas City Star’s 816 Magazine on April 30, 2014. The article headlined “Trusting in Troost,” noted that I was married to Pastor Donna Simon of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, while highlighting the wonderful social work taken on by both Churches.
"While I feel betrayed by the unjust action of the Diocese, it is still my greatest desire to return to my position and to serve the parishioners and those at the margins in the surrounding community.
"It is with reluctance and after exhausting all attempts at reason that I file this lawsuit today, and I hope and pray that the court grants me the justice I deserve for the wrong done to me."
Here's the presser:
Disgraced Bishop Wrongfully Fired Church Employee After Accidental “Outing” by Kansas City Star, Lawsuit to Allege
July 16, 2014, Kansas City, MO – This Thursday, July 17, at 10:30 AM CST, Colleen Simon – the former pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier’s Church who was fired after the Kansas City Star unintentionally “outed” her marriage to local Lutheran Reverend, Donna Simon – will file a lawsuit In the Jackson County, Missouri, Circuit Court against the Kansas City Diocese. Following the filing, Colleen and her attorney from the Keenan Law Firm will hold a news conference to discuss the action.
In her lawsuit, Simon alleges that she had informed all those involved with her hiring that she is a lesbian prior to being offered the job, and that she never kept her marriage a secret from the pastor who hired her. However, after the Kansas City Star’s 816 magazine published a story about development and increasing diversity along the city’s Troost Street, which featured Simon’s work for the local food pantry as well as the work of her wife, Rev. Simon, among others, she was terminated from her job, with the diocese citing her marriage as the cause.
During her tenure, Simon greatly advanced the work and success of St. Francis Xavier’s food pantry, which serves over 70 families in need each month. She considers faith-based social service work her “life’s calling.”
Many have rallied behind Simon’s unjust firing including via an online petition that surpassed goals of 15,000 and then 20,000 signatures, yet the diocese, led by disgraced Bishop Robert Finn, refused to reinstate Simon. She reluctantly files this lawsuit as a last resort to try to restore her employment.
Press Conference, Lawsuit Filing against Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City
Colleen Simon, Plaintiff, Former Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Xavier
E.E. Keenan, Attorney, Keenan Law Firm
Donna Simon, Wife of Colleen Simon, Reverend at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church
10:30 AM CST, 11:30 AM EST, Thursday, July 17
Catholic Diocese of Kansas City, 20 W 9th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
Update after TKC:
KMBC: Lesbian sues Kansas City diocese over firing
Newspaper: Church pantry worker fired for being lesbian sues Catholic diocese
Pitch: Bishop Finn sued again
Developing . . .