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The UK raised its level in response to events in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS militants have seized a swath of territory. Ashleigh Banfield is in for Erin Burnett.
May 30th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

No sex, No gays: Catholic teachers challenge morality clause

(CNN) - 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.

The revised morality clause goes beyond more general standard language requiring teachers - Catholic or not - to adhere to Catholic doctrine.


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Filed under: Education • News • OutFront Investigation • Religion
May 9th, 2014
09:04 PM ET

Do churches need less God? Morgan Spurlock explores atheism

It would be a mistake to think people with no faith have no community. In fact, some atheists even have their own version of a church.

CNN's "Inside Man" Morgan Spurlock is OutFront.

March 26th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

Jimmy Carter: Pope Francis agrees women should have enhanced role in the Catholic church

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, former President Jimmy Carter talks about his letter to Pope Francis. In it, Carter called on the pontiff to support efforts to stop abuse against women.

"I asked him to join with me in doing some of these things to prevent slavery, and to prevent killings, and to prevent unnecessary prostitution, and to prevent things of that kind," Carter said.

The former president also said he didn't ask the Pope to change the Catholic Church's policy on female priest, which he supports.

"[The Pope] said the role of women within the Catholic Church should be enhanced in the future," Carter said.


Filed under: News • Pope Francis • Religion
March 14th, 2014
01:04 PM ET

Pope Francis marks one-year anniversary

Last year at this time a new Pope had just been elected and no one could have predicted how popular Pope France would become.

In his first year, why this Pope has everyone talking

It's been a record-setting and trend-setting year.

One year of Pope Francis: A priest reflects

CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the new Pope's most irresistible moments.

Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News • Pope Francis • Religion
February 17th, 2014
09:07 PM ET

Reality show snake-handling pastor killed by snakebite

A pastor of a Kentucky church that handles deadly snakes as part of its faith has died from a fatal snake bite.

Reality show snake-handling preacher dies - of snakebite

Jamie Coots, who passed away Saturday after refusing medical treatment had previously appeared on the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation."

Death by faith: Why the snake handler refused treatment

Despite the practice being illegal in every state except West Virginia, there are still over 120 snake-handling churches throughout the southeast United States.

Coots was a third-generation "serpent handler" and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Raplh Hood, a long-time friend of deceased Pastor Coots.

Filed under: News • Religion
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