Fired Lesbian Catholic Schoolteacher To Meet Pope In Surprising Twist

by JACK JENKINS – In June, Pennsylvania Catholic schoolteacher Margie Winters was fired for being a lesbian, sparking controversy after some parents discovered she had been married to another woman for eight years. Her termination triggered an outpouring of support from students, parents, and the local community, who helped her petition for reinstatement at Waldron Mercy Academy. But vindication for Winters — who taught religious studies and remains Catholic — seemed a long way off, as the Catholic Church still refers to homosexual relationships as “objectively disordered.” Frustrated, she told reporters she would “love to get the ear of the pope” during his visit to the U.S., a near-impossible prospect given the crowds of people who typically flock to the pontiff. But in a surprising twist, Winters found out this week that she might just get that chance: She has been invited to the White House to meet the pope....

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