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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  1. amber3

    strangely there is no mention of pedophilia.

    June 28, 2014 at 4:19 am | Reply
  2. Master Rod

    Why all the hate? If you don't believe, then stay away you f*$-%#>g heathan. It is plain, and clear. It is in the Bible. God`s way or the highway. The Bible is man`s operations manual. If people followed the 10 Commandments, this world would not be in such a mess. There are many a women who are good and chaste. There are many men who are good and honorable. Then, there is all the other trash out there. Now, quit being the devil be each and repent you sinners! Wuca wuca, I`m on a roll baby!

    June 26, 2014 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Felix Sinclair

      You absurd little cretin.

      June 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  3. Dana

    Why does anyone pay attention to absurd, magical religious nonsense today? Grow up people.

    June 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  4. Tom

    It's a Catholic School. If someone wants to teach there they can do what is required. If they don't agree there is other places to teach. I think Catholics believe the bible doctrine of Morality and the bible don't change to keep up with popular opinions.

    June 3, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • No Hypocrites

      "...and the bible don't change to keep up with popular opinions...." What a bunch of hooey! Read the bible carefully Tom, and then let me know the last time you burned a freakin bull on someones lawn? And should we run amok in other countries taking their wives and smashing babies on the rocks because they are heathens? We have let ourselves reexamine so many parts of the bible –but fools such as you hang on to a few concepts that are some how elevated to "worst sin ever?" We are ALL born in sin ... isn't that the "main" gist of why Jesus died for us? Hypocrites!

      June 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • efpyn

        Bible scholar? Perhaps not. You are referencing the old testament, which is also a historical record. It also contains ceremonial and liturgical laws which are abrogated by the person of Jesus Christ. Unless you are an orthodox Jew. Are you an orthodox Jew?

        But as for your interpretation of the Bible I can say this, that you appear to read it literally – like a fundamentalist.
        Tread lightly.

        June 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • efpyn

        You have read the old testament, then. Not the new. Because of Jesus Christ the ceremonial law of the old testament was abolished. The fact that the old testament is also an historical record doesn't mean one should stone folks to death anymore. That law was abrogated.

        You appear to have read scripture literally – and your understanding is not unlike a fundamentalist reading of scripture. This I am troubled by.

        Also, be wary of calling anyone 'fool'. "But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell." Mt. 5:22 – Peace.

        June 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  5. Sagerat

    Good riddance!

    June 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply

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