Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Catholic school president resigns after revealing he is gay and has been with his partner for 18 years

'Authentic life': Hudson made the revelation during a meeting with the school's corporate board members
'Authentic life': Hudson made the revelation during a meeting with the school's corporate board members


The president of a Catholic school in Minnesota has resigned after revealing that he has been in a same-sex relationship for nearly two decades.
Bill Hudson said that he had to step down after two years as the president of Totino-Grace High School in order to live openly as the father of two children and the committed partner of a man.
'I love the Totino-Grace community, however I need to be truthful about my life,' he said in a written statement.
'I am in a committed same-sex relationship, and I felt the best course of action was to inform the school. I value my time at Totino-Grace as one of the most enriching experiences of my career.'
He called the decision on Friday 'heartbreaking and painful' but important to help him live an 'authentic life'.

The resignation came after he had a standard meeting with two members of the school board, and they announced on Tuesday that the topic came up in their latest meeting when they had become aware about some 'inconclusive' evidence.
'We asked him whether there was anything he felt we should know,' corporate board member Mark Motzel told The Star Tribune.
Resigned: Hudson had served as the president of Totino-Grace High School in Minneapolis for two years, and worked at the school in other capacities for seven years prior
Resigned: Hudson had served as the president of Totino-Grace High School in Minneapolis for two years, and worked at the school in other capacities for seven years prior

'He informed us that he was in a committed same-sex relationship.'


Mr Motzel did not reveal what they had learned about Mr Hudson prior to their meeting, bubt he said that their conversation was not adversarial.

'Bill served the Totino-Grace community well during his nine years at the school,' Mr Motzel said in a statement, according to local station KSTP.
'That said, leading a Catholic school while living in a committed same-sex relationship is not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. We thank him for his service and wish him well as he explores new professional opportunities.'
His time as president was the apex of Mr Hudson's 9-year-career at Totino-Grace school, a co-ed Catholic high school.
Prior to Totino-Grace, he worked as an executive director for the secondary schools department of the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant principal before that as well as a middle school religion teacher.
Mr Hudson said that after 20 years working for the Catholic church in various forms, he found it 'freeing to be open about the most important thing in my life.'
The names of his partner, who he has been with for the past 18-years, and the names or ages of their two children have not been publicly released.
Not the right fit: The school board praised his past leadership but said that the news about his personal life means that his way of life does not fit with the school's teachings
Not the right fit: The school board praised his past leadership but said that the news about his personal life means that his way of life does not fit with the school's teachings

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