Catholic school principal disciplined for mask policy won’t return


CHICAGO — The principal of Queen of Martyrs Catholic School who defied archdiocesan policy by making masks optional for students will not return.

According to Queen of Martyrs representatives, Doc Mathius declined to move forward with the institution after meeting with officials on Tuesday.

In a statement, Father Martin T. Marren of Queen of Martyrs Church in Evergreen Park said he met with Mathius to discuss the events that led to the protest and outrage from parents and students.

“I told him that I would welcome him back but that in my opinion he needed to take fair and reasonable action that would repair the breach his actions have created in our parish and school community, as well as with our sister schools. of the archdiocese. “Marren wrote. “I am very disappointed to say that he refused and therefore will not be returning to our school.”

Although saddened, Marren said the organization cannot employ anyone who does not follow the rules that apply to everyone.

“It’s a lesson we teach our children, and it applies to adults as well,” Marren continued.

Mathius anticipated that he would be disciplined and possibly fired after failing to enforce the Archdiocese’s masking policy.

The position of the Archdiocese of Chicago is that masks should be worn in their schools, with some exceptions.

Speaking to WGN on the day he was reprimanded, Mathius said he didn’t take the decision lightly, but did so with his students in mind.

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“I just thought the time was right. Somebody has to do something,” Mathius said. “In my little corner of the world, I never imagined it would create this kind of a stir.”

The search for an interim director is underway.

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