- Jan 28, 2011
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CNN: A litany of 'thou shalt nots': Catholic teachers challenge morality clause
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.