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Richard F. Bowman, Fargo, Published July 05 2012

Resignation was right thing to do

In a hyper-connected, networked world, there is no longer such a thing as private behavior. Today, we can see over fences and through walls into the innermost workings of organizations, as well as into the character of those individuals who lead and labor in them.

The recent resignation of a faculty member at Moorhead’s St. Joseph Catholic School related to her perspective on same-sex marriages serves as a case in point. All behavior, individual or organizational, is guided by values. Across 2,000 years of history, the Catholic Church has confronted a fundamental issue: How to create and strengthen an organization and a society that mirrors sustainable values.

Religious liberty constitutes the freedom to anchor ourselves in what we believe should never change – the core values that create coherence, honor moral interdependence and provide sustainability. That, too, encapsulates the mission of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Finally, as harsh as it may sound, Trish Cameron’s resignation is essentially nature’s way of telling her that the job that she had was likely the wrong job for her personally, perhaps from the very beginning.