Israel Folau’s cousin, Josiah, has been let go from his casual teaching job at a Catholic school in Sydney’s southwest after he described the Church as “the synagogue of Satan”. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Mr Folau worked as a tutor and boarding house supervisor at St Gregory’s College at Campbelltown. He was also an alumnus of the school, who finished eighth in the state in religious studies in the 2016 Higher School Certificate.
A staff member confirmed the decision on Thursday. The school’s decision came after the Herald revealed on July 20 Josiah’s involvement in the 30-member Jesus Christ Church founded by his uncle, Israel Folau’s father, Pastor Eni, in Kenthurst.
The church preaches that any Christian who is not “born again” will go to hell.
Josiah Folau also wrote to a parent who attended one of the church’s services that “any devout Catholic person is not a saved Christian whatsoever”.
“Look at Catholic doctrine, almost 100 per cent of it is false and is filled with lies,” Josiah wrote. “The blasphemous Catholic Mass is a paganistic ritual rooted in heresy, evil and devil worship.
“Roman Catholicism is masked devil worship,” he also said.
The 30-strong congregation of the Truth of Jesus Christ Church, established by Folau’s father Eni in 2013, believes the “everlasting torture and doom” of hell awaits most Christians.
St Gregory’s headmaster Lee MacMaster told 2GB radio, “We have met with Josiah recently and in our discussions, Josiah has made the decision to discontinue his casual employment at St Gregory’s College. We respect Josiah’s privacy in this matter.”
The parting of ways between Josiah Folau and St Gregory’s comes as Israel Folau’s legal team formally filed a claim of unlawful termination against Rugby Australia in the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne yesterday.
Israel Folau is claiming $10 million in damages following his sacking by RA in April over an Instagram posting in which he paraphrased a Bible passage, saying “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” would go to hell unless they repented.
Israel Folau’s cousin, Josiah, leaves Catholic school job after airing religious beliefs (Sydney Morning Herald)
Israel Folau’s cousin dumped from school job for expressing religious beliefs (The Daily Telegraph)
Second Folau loses job over religious comments (The Australian)