Marriage, Same Sex Relationships and Calvary

With a sense of unease and discomfort, Calvary noted several media articles over the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 which claim that the “Catholic church” is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised.

We reassure staff and volunteers, who may be feeling similar feelings of disquiet, fear and even anger, that these statements do not represent Calvary’s position.

Calvary’s core values of hospitality, healing, stewardship and respect underpin our mission and the Spirit of Calvary.

The Spirit of Calvary states

“Everyone is welcome.” And, “You matter. We care about you.”

In accordance with this spirit, Calvary does not judge anyone, including staff, patients, clients and residents, on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or a choice, freely made, to enter into a relationship with another person of the same sex.

Calvary will continue to employ all staff and recruit volunteers in accordance with these values.


John Watkins Chair of Calvary; Mark Doran, National CEO; Mark Green, National Director of Mission.