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Glendora Catholic School Students Protest Gay Teacher Firing


Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 1.37.03 PM(NBC) Chanting “Bring back B! Bring back B!” students at  the Catholic high school that recently ousted a gay teacher rallied outside the school urging administrators to reinstate Ken Bencomo.

As part of the rally, students at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora delivered more than 50,000 petition signatures from a Change.org petition.

“He has been my mentor, my confidant for all the time I’ve been at this school,” said Alina Mota, a senior at St. Lucy’s. “I’m so sad that he was let go based on him getting married to someone that he loves.”

Bencomo, 45, and his partner were among the first same-sex couples to marry in San Bernardino County last month after the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to uphold Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [more]





  1. Florian says:

    Catholic school administrators need to think twice, thrice and more about taking ANY action, whether directly or indirectly, that would effectively reduce the income, tax exemptions or deductions to which any employee is legally entitled. Such provision in a teacher contract is absolutely null and utterly void, no matter in what state the school or the teacher may be located.

    Besides, if “moral behaviour” were a criterion for holding a “Catholic job,” most bishops would be ipso facto disqualified.

  2. truth says:

    If immorality is the Name of the Game that wishes to be followed.
    May a new school be established and paid for by those who want a rainbow school. It is a free country and pay for what you want. My Congratulations to the School Board for upholding True Love.

  3. Deacon Bernie says:

    Good commentary. To the surprise of no one, I come down on the side of the school administration. If one voluntarily signs a contract and within that contract is a clause to uphold Catholic teaching, then to violate that contract is known as breach of contract and grounds for dismissal. This has nothing to do with the nasty rules of the Catholic Church; it has everything to do with keeping one’s word.

  4. Lou says:

    “B” was a gay activist who is trying to intimidate the school and church into accepting gay marriage. He knew what he was doing when he so called, “married” his boyfriend and was aware that when he signed a contract with the school there was a clause stating that one living a life outside of the churches moral teaching was grounds for dismissal. As far as Tony’s comments about sexual indiscretions, these do happen, but they are not exploited like in this case. Also, if kids knew so much about life, why are they in school? Of course, today, everyone knows better than the church. The triumph of relativism.

    • Ann (WOC) says:

      Why don’t you hit the proper reply button Lou, so we know what you are talking about. Your statement makes no sense.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Good for the school, fire immoral people. This is about the survival of our faith, I applaud the school for good judgement.

    • Ann (WOC) says:

      Survival of our faith, Elizabeth, is certainly dependent upon making known who we can and cannot love, irrespective of Jesus’ command to love — which apparently has no meaning in your very narrow, moralistic agenda.

    • Concerned says:

      Elizabeth, should the church fire all immoral people? So you are for the firing of Archbishop Finn, Archbishop Meyers, and any other bishop who breaks the law by protecting child abusers. Are you going to protest the double standard?

  6. Tony says:

    If the church were to go after every one who committed a sexual indiscretion no one would teach. Stop already with going after legal activity between two consenting adults.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Children should be in the classroom and not protesting. The school should not permit this type of behavior.

      • Catholic Lady says:

        Elizabeth, the days when children were to be seen and not heard are long gone!

        • Ann (WOC) says:

          Where have you been for the last century Elizabeth? It is only kids who protest. Old people like yourself are happy with the status quo no matter how unfair, exclusive, or dehumanizing it is.

  7. Catholic lady says:

    Not because he was gay but because he brought attention to his homosexuality – not because he had probably always been sexual active but because he chose to make his union legal through marriage; drawing attention to himself & the school where he taught for years. What is the message being taught here?

    • Ann (WOC) says:

      I think he was taking a prophetic stand CL, and like all prophets he has paid for it. Years down the road, when we recognize that gay persons are created by a loving Creator, for whatever reason, and they deserve equal rights, we will, like the students at St. Lucy, hail the courage of Mr. B’s actions and deplore the day he was fired.


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