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Cleveland Catholic Diocese expands morality clauses for teachers
A spokesman says the church is clarifying what it expects from 'teacher-ministers' on moral issues

Bishop Richard Lennon heads the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, which just expanded its morality clause in elementary teacher contracts.
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The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is requiring its elementary school teachers to sign contracts with expanded morality clauses.

Spokesman Robert Tayek says the new contracts are simply more specific on what the church considers to be moral behavior. The clause’s ban includes publicly stating views contrary to church positions on issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and in-vitro fertilization.

The teachers are also referred to as “teacher-ministers.” Tayek says that reflects their role as educators in both secular and religious subjects.

He says clarification of existing morality clauses will help protect the diocese in legal cases.


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“This was brought about because there have been lawsuits in other dioceses in Ohio and as well as across the country where clarification was really necessary so it wouldn’t be subject to a broad interpretation,” Tayek says.

Tayek says those who refuse to sign the contract would no longer be able to teach, but he does not believe it will be an issue.

A similar contract change in Cincinnati sparked a protest and petitions against the change. The petitions received 24,000 signatures
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I am so happy this is happening in the Cleveland diocese and i believe it should be extended to hifh school teachers as well. Twice i had to confront a teacher who advertised her support for pro abortion candidates and silenced my child when she tried to confront her in the classroom about Church teaching. The teachers at the high school even wore buttons supporting rhe pro abortion candidates! I believe this is the reason hardly any of my children's friends go to Mass as adults (they are college graduates now) and why i had to take their catechesis into my own hands. They learned very little in 12 years of Catholic moral theology, yet everything about social justice, which is tuned out and recognized as an agenda. Disgraceful! But i think calling teachers ministers is dumb and sounds protestant, not Catholic.

Posted by: Lorraine Grieshammer (Stow, OH) on May 13, 2014 4:05AM
Wonderful! Teachers who do not live Catholic morality should not be in Catholic schools. We parents pay local property taxes AND tuition to ensure that our children are exposed to the Catholic values we hold dear; we do not want them to hear one thing and see teachers living something less.

And a note to Miatri: No other entity has put in place tougher rules for protecting our children; in fact, the Catholic Church has become the standard by which others are measured.

Posted by: KR (Munroe Falls) on May 13, 2014 3:05AM
Where were these tough rules when priests were practicing sex abuse and church officials turned the other way. Who are they to judge and condemn? I am not personally involved in this but I do not think this is right and just.

Posted by: Miatri (Solon) on May 12, 2014 5:05AM
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