New York City, N.Y., Nov 5, 2021 / 14:00 pm
A music teacher at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Brooklyn was fired for violating a morality clause he agreed to at the time of his employment, said a statement from the diocese.
“Matthew LaBanca no longer serves as the music teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy or as the Music Director at Corpus Christi Church,” said a statement from St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Astoria and Corpus Christi Church in Woodside provided to CNA by Adriana Rodriguez, press secretary for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
“His contract has been terminated based on the expectations that all Catholic school and academy personnel, and ministers of the Church, comply with Church teachings, as they share in the responsibility of ministering the faith to students,” Rodriguez said.
“Despite changes to New York State law in 2011 legalizing same-sex marriage, Church law is clear. We wish Mr. LaBanca only the best in his future endeavors,” said the statement.