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June 2, 2014

Catholic schools in Cincinnati are trying to send their teachers back to the Nineteenth Century.

If you want to teach at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, regardless of your religion, you must be willing to sign a detailed morality clause that critics say focuses on “pelvic issues.”

The revised contracts forbid teachers from — among other things — living together or having sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, a gay “lifestyle,” or publicly supporting any of those things.

The system’s 2,200 current teachers must sign the agreement to stay on the job.

“It is an embarrassment and a scandal, and will drive even more Catholics away from an institution so out of touch with its times,” said Robert Hague, a high school English teacher for 50 years.

He’s leaving his job rather than sign because he’s opposed to “the language, the intent, and the tone of this contract,” he says.

Thou shalt not: Catholic teachers challenge morality clause – CNN.com.

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3 Comments
  1. Richard H permalink

    “The system’s 2,200 current teachers must sign the agreement to stay on the job.”

    Two words: constructive dismissal.

  2. Jon permalink

    They’re a Catholic school, but they’re also a Catholic school. And from the comments in the article, many people including teachers seem to agree that they’re abrogating their responsibility as a school to teach their students well. One of the goals of schooling is to prepare students for the life in the modern world, after all — not Amish Pennsylvania.

  3. In related news, the Democrat and Republican parties ousted pro-life and pro-choice members, respectively. Wait, no, that would require principles.

    Honestly, it’s a Catholic school. Did you expect them to hire drag queens who moonlight as Planned Parenthood nurses or volunteer for Recovering from Religion? it’s amazing to me that they hire anybody who isn’t Catholic.

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