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August 13, 2014 10:54 AM

Dell Rapids Coach Keeps His Job

The Dell Rapids high school coach who announced he's gay on Outsports.com will keep his job.

We talked with 25-year-old Nate Alfson last week

He met with leaders of the Catholic school district and will continue to coach St. Mary's girls' volleyball team this year.  He has also coached club baseball in the town.

The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls issued the following statement regarding Alfson's employment: 

Chastity is a virtue held by the Church from Her beginning as handed on to us from Jesus Christ. In order that we might lead a morally good life, all individuals, regardless of that person’s state or vocation in life, are called to guide their lives by this disposition and habit. Those men and women who are married are called to live chastely within the marriage covenant. Those in ordained or vowed life are called to chastity and abstinence and so are those who are not married.

The teachings of the Church are clear but also clearly counter-cultural. Those who assume a role as a public representative of the Church are expected to respect them personally and uphold them, mindful that our witness impacts others. This is especially true when forming children. While parents are the first teachers of their children and this right is to be protected, they have entrusted their children to our administrators, teachers, coaches, catechists, and support staffs for parish and school ministries to assist them in their most important roles. Any serving in these capacities are of course representatives of the Church and have thus willingly accepted this unique responsibility before fulfilling the duties of their important role.

This teaching recognizes that in the dimension of human sexuality some experience same sex attraction. All persons, whatever their attraction, are to be treated with respect, compassion and justice. Same sex attraction is not sinful nor is it a disqualification from serving the Church. However living a sexually active same-sex lifestyle, one that is not chaste, is not compatible with Church teaching. The same is true for a sexually active, opposite-sex lifestyle outside of marriage. In either of these circumstances, employment or public ministry on behalf of the Church is not appropriate. For some this is a difficult teaching, but we pray for them and offer our support in any way we can.

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