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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

President of Eastside Catholic Resigns

Posted by on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

In December, students at Eastside Catholic protested after the Archdiocese of Seattle ordered the school's vice principal, Mark Zmuda, fired for marrying a man. Today, news comes that Sister Mary Tracy, the president and head of school at Eastside Catholic, has resigned from the school.

KIRO 7's Casey McNerthney acquired a copy of the letter announcing the resignation. In the letter, the school's interim board of trustees write that Tracy came to the decision in order to make way for a new president who can "ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is moving forward on a positive path." They continue:

We realize that members of the Eastside Catholic community (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends) may have questions. In that spirit, the board is in the process of setting up additional town hall meetings with the Eastside Catholic community. A school parents' meeting is currently scheduled for Thursday, January 23. We will notify you as soon as additional meeting dates are scheduled. The board has also established an email address for questions and communication with the board:

You can read the rest of the letter at KIRO's site.


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rob! 1
"Vice Principal Mark Zumda" in the subtitle of that KIRO story. Someone's been hanging out at the gym.

Sounds to me like Sr. Mary Tracy was attempting to salvage something out of this mess, somehow, and the board preferred to try erasing history. They should publish the sister's letter.
Posted by rob! on January 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 2
will sister mary elephant step in as interim president?
Posted by scary tyler moore on January 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM · Report this
notaboomer 3
so cool that EC has a principal skinner.
Posted by notaboomer on January 21, 2014 at 7:57 PM · Report this
This is the Catholic MO: ignore the problem then if that fails, offer to listen, then ignore the feedback.
Posted by wxPDX on January 21, 2014 at 8:41 PM · Report this
rob! 5
@4, no kidding. Today's revelations include:
...In one case in 1979, a priest raped a 13-year old boy and later warned him at gunpoint not to tell anyone. The documents show the boy's parents were assured that the priest would get treatment and would be kept away from minors, but he wasn't. Within a year, that priest was returned to ministry in another parish where he abused again.

In another case, the late Cardinal John Cody tells a priest accused of sexually abusing a girl that the allegations, quote, "should just be forgotten," adding that no good can come of trying to prove or disprove it. That priest later abused again. ..……
Posted by rob! on January 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Ask Chicago what they think today @4
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM · Report this
Should also be noted that this comes 6 days after the Archdiocese of Seattle issued a statement of support for the decision -- I've pasted it below. Perhaps this shows the disconnect between the Vatican and conservatives and most lay Catholics, even those generally conservative ones on the Eastside.

January 15, 2014

Statement by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain regarding
Eastside Catholic High School personnel action

(Seattle) This morning a petition signed by numerous people around the country was delivered to the offices of the Archdiocese of Seattle seeking the reinstatement of Mark Zmuda, the former vice-principal of Eastside Catholic High School.

Catholic schools in this archdiocese and around the country have an extraordinary heritage of faithfully handing on the Catholic faith, providing an excellent curriculum, and creating an environment in which young people are educated and formed as disciples of the Lord Jesus and faith-filled citizens. Catholic teaching in all its breadth is the hallmark of Catholic schools and we have a right and responsibility to help them uphold their principles and traditions.

Leaders of Catholic schools are charged with the responsibility of both imparting and modeling our teaching. The recent personnel decision by the board and administrators of Eastside Catholic regarding Mr. Zmuda was made after a great deal of prayer and consultation. In no way was their goal to be discriminatory to anyone but to be faithful to their mission as a Catholic school. The Archdiocese supports their decision. The decision has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some, and we now have an opportunity to help our students learn even more about Catholic teaching.

Pope Francis has often reminded us of the limitless mercy of God, for Jesus came to bring his Father's mercy. At the same time, Pope Francis has also reminded us of our responsibility as Catholics to live the timeless truth of Church teaching on a wide variety of topics, including the sacredness of traditional marriage.

# # # # #

For more information, contact: Greg Magnoni 206-382-4862(o) or 425-829-5520(m)
Posted by carnivorous chicken on January 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM · Report this
This resignation allows the decision to stand. No one with only an interim appointment as principal will feel that they have the authority to reverse it. Then, when a new principal is appointed, that principal can deny any involvement in the decision and, appearing gracious, can choose not to review the decisions of their predecessor and pretend to "move forward" without any responsibility or stain from the decision.

I've seen this trick pulled dozens of times.
Posted by Charlie Mas on January 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM · Report this
As the archbishop notes the school run by the Catholic church has a right not to have its students corrupted.

The fired school official had no business there the moment he decided his perverted lifestyle choice was more important than student welfare or his job.

Don't like decent people trying to provide good education with a strong moral background? Send your kid to public school where you can safely be assured neither will happen. Otherwise, the private affairs of a private school are none of your business.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM · Report this

Wow - you've just topped yourself, which is no mean feat.

Suicide is too good for you, but would definitely improve the climate here on earth for the rest of us.

Posted by Mr. X on January 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
sirkowski 11
@9 if you don't want your children corrupted don't send them to a Papist school.
Posted by sirkowski on January 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this

True colors from the "gays are citizens with more rights than others" brigade?

Tolerance for you deviants means- you must tolerate my barbarian attacks on family, morality and the values that make a healthy society, but any resistance to that will be met with death wishes?

Nice, but hey, what can one expect from a barbarian?
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM · Report this

And for what it's worth I wish you time and wisdom to realize and rectify your errors. Your suicide would be bad, considering how long that process looks like it would take....
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 14
The main problem with the Catholic Church is that it's membership hasn't stopped giving them their money.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on January 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
venomlash 15
@9: How does the teacher getting gay married in any way imperil "student welfare"? Unless his husband is in some way involved with the school, it has NO BEARING on anything that goes on in the classroom.
Bottom line: his students think he's a damn good teacher and recognize that him getting married changes nothing. They support him (as do their parents), so I really don't see where you get the right to make sweeping proclamations about things.

@12: We want gays to have the same rights as straights. We've been over this before; nobody here is trying to claim special rights for gays that straights wouldn't get. Either show us evidence to the contrary or shut up with that line of blithering.
Posted by venomlash on January 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM · Report this
The Catholic church reflects the same values as the republican party.
Posted by longwayhome on January 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM · Report this
As in....None.
Posted by longwayhome on January 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM · Report this

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