COAL TOWNSHIP — In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 classic “The Scarlet Letter,” Hester Prynne is punished for being pregnant out of wedlock and forced to wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing.

On Friday, as Naiad Reich packed up her belongings at her classroom at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, she left a copy of the book sitting on her desk.

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Now..if he worked there...she had his baby....not get married...would he still have a job?




I'm opposed to the cohabitational lifestyle, but the problem here is the enforcement of a a double standard where a pregnant student is allowed to continue her education, but a pregnant and unmarried teacher is fired.


There is a great deal of acceptance among Catholic bishops for their fellow bishops who enabled pedophile priests by transferring them to other assignments where they committed statutory rape on other innocent children. But for Naiad Reich who is pregnant during the time when we remember a story about an inn that was not open to Mary and Joseph, there is no welcoming embrace. Indeed, those who have driven her out were are the same ones who remained silent when Catholic leaders turned a blind eye on the unspeakable crimes of their brother bishops. And they were the ones standing at the ready to throw the first stones. My suggestion to those who banished Naiad: Skip these words when you say the "Our Father: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." And to the students of Lourdes: “Do as they say, not as they do.” To Naiad, Matt and the little one to come: Peace and joy!

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