Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Teacher Contracts In Cincinnati Archdiocese Create Controversy

CNN reports today that controversy surrounds the new teacher contracts that must be signed by all teachers in the schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Going beyond the general language of the past that requires teachers to adhere to Catholic doctrine, the new contracts spell out some specifics. They bar cohabitation or sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, living a gay "lifestyle," or publicly supporting any of these.  The new contracts also add the title "minister" to all teachers, regardless of subjects taught-- presumably to allow the Archdiocese to invoke the ministerial exception doctrine if sued for employment discrimination. Cincinnati Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Rigg  says the contracts do not add any new requirements; they just explain in clear language some of the principles of the Church. Teacher Roger Rosen commented:
Jesus always acted out of love. Never out of fear, and we're all being asked to act out of fear because the lawyers have taken over.