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Garret Naegle wrote:

Hello,

Here is some background information about my question.

There is an English teacher at my Catholic High School who is at least 75 years old and has been teaching at the school for around 35-40 years and before that, she was a nun. Within the last couple years, the amount of students [failing/transferring out of] her class has skyrocketed and, as a result of this, the administration has politely asked her to leave many times.

One of my friends said that because of her time as a nun, she did not have to leave when asked by the school administration as she was protected by the Archdiocese. This sounded absolutely far-fetched to me.

  • Is this true?
  • Is the teacher really protected by the Archdiocese?
  • If the school administration cannot make her leave, then who actually can?
  • Is there anything I can do?

Have a great day and thank you for your time.

Garret Naegle

  { Can a bad teacher, who was formerly a nun, really be protected by the Archdiocese? }

Fr. Nick replied:

Hi, Garret —

When a nun or priest is teaching or in an assignment outside of their community, they are governed by the same contract as the rest of the staff.

If a teacher is not performing to expected standards, the administration would inform them of the fact and they would be discharged or not rehired. Their religious superior or bishop would also be notified so that they can ascertain the issue and find a more suitable assignment.

When a religious sister or nun leaves their community, they cease being a nun.

It is different for a priest because of the sacrament of Holy Orders, which cannot be taken away, puts a permanent character on the soul, similar to Baptism.

Fr. Nick

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