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Catholic School Fires Unwed Pregnant Teacher

These days, it has become more common — and even more acceptable — for children to be born out of wedlock. The Catholic Church, however, still frowns upon this practice, and due to its opinion, one woman has lost her job. Shaela Evenson, a Catholic school teacher in Montana, was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. An educator at Butte Central Middle School, Evenson says she is pursuing legal action, but she may not have much of a case.

Patrick Haggarty, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Helena, says Evenson violated a contract which, "requires her to respect the moral and religious teachings of the Catholic Church in both her professional and personal life."

"The Catholic moral teaching is that the sacrament of marriage is a holy union between a man and a woman," Haggarty told USA Today. "Not only do we teach that to the children kindergarten through 12th grade, but we're held to that standard as well."

Do you think the school was right to fire Evenson?

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