It was announced today that Margie Winters and her wife Andrea Vettori will be attending Pope Francis’ arrival ceremony at the White House on Wednesday.
According to Philly.com Human Rights Campaign announced it had secured two tickets to the private event from the White House for the couple in the hopes of raising awareness to the issue of hiring practices within the Catholic Church.
Winters found herself in the spotlight earlier this year after she was fired from her position as Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy Catholic School after two families complained about their children being taught by a homosexual woman. When she was hired in 2007 she was open about her marriage to wife Andrea Vettori but after the complaints she was let go.
By church law the school is under the authority of the local bishop, but when asked about Winters, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput repeatedly asserted through a spokesman that he had played no part in her firing. At the time Margie Winters was fired Chaput issued a statement praising school officials for their “character and common sense.”
Although Margie and her wife Andrea will not be able to speak with the Pope they hope their presence will bring his awareness to their message. They are asking the Pope “to intervene on our behalf and countless other faithful Catholics so that we may not be condemned to live exiled from a church we so love and want to serve.”
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