Brian Panetta was the band director at Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic High School, Sandusky, Ohio. He was fired for gay wedding plans.

Monday, April 14, 2014

First-year president Melody Curtis leaving St. Mary

She was subjected national scrutiny, however, following the forced resignation of gay band director Brian Panetta from the school earlier this year.

What's unfortunate is that the legacy of her tenure at St. Mary will be on the record, forever.  After all, the New York Times is the newspaper of record in the U.S and this story made it to its front page.  Lets hope that the school's board of director's does a better job at oversight.  Agree or not with Brian's termination, everybody can agree that it was handled poorly.  Makes you wonder if the school leadership can even manage a bake sale!   To read the full Sandusky Register article, click here.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Brian Panetta finally gets to say goodbye to his students

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"Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope." -- St. Francis of Assisi

Many people who saw the WKYC interview have commented that the saddest part of it was when Brian mentioned that he was not allowed to say goodbye to his students.  Today he did.  The band parents organized an event to thank Brian for everything he did for music program.  Hopefully, this will bring some closure for everyone who was affected.  What a foolish school, if you ask me: they fired a much loved, gifted educator who actually has been more Jesus-like-- throughout this sorry episode--  than anyone else at that School.  Even the National Catholic Reporter is saying that  these recent firings are nothing but pure hypocrisy.  Shame on you, St. Mary.  If you are a student at St. Mary or any other Catholic school for that matter, you are not voiceless! Join the Keepmrz2013 movement on Facebook--Catholic students like you-- and change the Church: Catholic schools will think twice before firing a gay teacher unless, of course, they are asking for bad press. This is my last post.  God bless you all.

Life imitates art: Sandusky St. Mary has great timing!

So the readers of the blog probably read my entry about a new movie coming out-- LOVE IS STRANGE-- that tells the story of a gay married couple, one of whom is a music teacher at a Catholic school.  In the story the school has known all along that Ben ( Alfred Molina) is gay but once it finds out that he has legally married, he is fired.  Boy, St. Mary had great timing with this fiasco. I wonder if the school leadership actually reads the news?  Anyway the movie has been picked up for national distribution by Sony, and I'm sure we are going to hear the name Brian Panetta many times again.  Below is a video clip with the main actors, enjoy:

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brian Panetta mentioned in PBS Newshour Online

"Zmuda's dismissal is not the first of its kind. In the past month, Brian Panetta, a band and choir director at Sandusky Central Catholic School in Ohio, was forced to resign after telling his his principal he planned to marry his boyfriend

To read the complete article, click here. 

Sandusky St. Mary: Open Your Heart!

Grammys: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance features 33 marriages, Madonna

"When I was at church they taught me something else   If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed   That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless   Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen I might not be the same, but that's not important   No freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it" 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Catholicism, gay marriage combusting in workplace

"Employees and experts say policies are seldom equally enforced. “Imagine if we couldn't hire sinners,” quipped one church official."
Click here to read this article from the San Antonio Express-News.