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Bishop D'Arcy defends dismissal of ex-l;atholic from sc SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- Bishop John D'Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend said he asked an ex-Catholic to resign his post at St. Joseph High School because the man's depar- ture from the Catholic faith was "a counterwitness against the mission of our church." The bishop made the com- ments to reporters April 29 about Jody Martinez, a basket- ball coach at the high school. Martinez resigned April 25, and the next day most of the school's 860 students walked out of classes for an hour in protest. Another coach, Ken Jankowski, resigned in support of Martinez. Martinez, after marrying out- side the church, left Catholicism in 1991 to become a Baptist like his wife. When he was hired in 1993 he listed his religion as Baptist. He was not asked if he had once been a Catholic and did not volunteer the information. Bishop D'Arcy said Catholic schools in the diocese employ non-Catholic teachers and admit non-Catholic students. "Their contribution is signifi- cant. They are part of the family and they honor us by their pres- ence," he said. However, he said Martinez' HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS • SEAFOOD • CHICKEN (812) 768-6462 LARGE PARTY ROOMS Haubstadt, Ind. i i Ed. L. Lee Mouary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 i case was different because he had renounced his Catholic faith and baptism when he married outside the church and was re- baptized as a Baptist. "These acts are in opposition to what we hold dear and to what we hold as coming from God," the bishop said. "Can you not see that these things go to the heart of our religion?" He did not say who had in- formed him that Martinez was an ex-Catholic. For a person who had left the church to remain on the faculty "would be a direct undermining of the very purpose for which St. i L HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed • Bonded • Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO " Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 t Joseph High School was built' he added. Students who talked to re- porters described Martinez as a religious man Who talked openly about faith and God. Many said they did not know he was not Catholic. Martinez, who also taught business courses and helped coach football, told The Associ- ated Press that Bishop D'Arcy gave him an option of resigning or signing a one-year contract extension and leaving at the end of the extension. He decided to resign immediately. He said he was surprised that his faith became was not upset at school officials. Today's Wayne-South newspaper, future, for faculty asked if the) Catholic. ' Bishop D'Arcy faculty and press cor porters he students' anger "this will at their faith and ness of it." : Wade Funeral H 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN 768-6151 Call about pre-need counseling. J. Wade Summer Social ,., t,l  .:: .... :: 1 , 418 N. WABASH AVENUE , ., !:!$ Paul's 1' " SUNDAY ’,, .". , z • . t. T • ..... = ,.--'. .... .. MA3( 19 -°=',0,' Prescriptions There will be family style chicken and roast beef dinners served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in our air-conditioned auditorium. Carry-outs are available, uu • Hamburgers • Polish Sausage • Ice Cream • Fries • Beef & Chicken • Carryouts Available • Kids Rides • B.B.Q. • Soft Drinks • Bingo  12 Quilts • Chinese Auction • Family Style Dinners Featuring Jerry & Gloria Giore 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 1400 1500 in Total Prizes to be given away at 9:00 p.m. 1st Prize -- $500.00 $25.00 attendance prizes all day long. BINGO from 2:00 to 8:30 p.m. 2601 On Evansville's Great West Side Visit Grotto/Crypt • omes TIRES BALANCING f"J| 1 ....... Pork • Beet ,=.. COLU..,A Lerty ana MarK Inside Dining • Burgoo Complete DsTR,svro. FOR .   " 700 N. MAIN o...,-o=,. c, osEo o. ,,.YS Four Convienient ,,s.Ro. ..... .,,.,.o,.°'"°'° COMPLETE FARM SERVICE 425-3393 ,=,6B Locations 4=s-=2=9 Real Estate Insurance 3119 W, Ma/and