Cleveland Diocese adds detailed “morality clause” to high school teachers, too

Apr 13, 2015

Image: Scott Shaw, Plain Dealer file

By Patrick O’Donnell

Teachers at the five high schools run by the Cleveland Catholic diocese have agreed to sign the same expanded and detailed “morality clause” thatelementary school teachers had to sign a year ago.

The new rules, outlined in the recently signed contract between the diocese and the Cleveland High School and Academy Lay Teachers Association (CHALTA), say a teacher can be fired for “certain speech or actions that are considered to be contrary to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Among the banned behaviors the contract spells out:

–       “Publicly supporting abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, surrogate parenthood, direct sterilization, or so-called homosexual or same-sex marriage or unions.”

–       Having an abortion or helping another person have one.

–       Sex outside of marriage or living together without being married.

–       Viewing pornography or sharing any material, by email or texts, that is “lewd, indecent, sexually suggestive, or pornographic.”

–       Unlawful use of drugs

In addition, teachers are now called “teacher-ministers” in the contract, a title that gives the church greater say over behavior.


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38 comments on “Cleveland Diocese adds detailed “morality clause” to high school teachers, too

  • Aren’t you supposed to go to confession and then tell the priest your sins and then accept your punishment of 10 Hail Mary’s and 5 Our Father’s? If the church is going to start up with punishments of the financial nature then they should start paying taxes like everyone else does. If they are going to employ US citizens on the tax-free US land that we give them then our citizens should be protected from discrimination.



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  • What is needed, is a proper government inspection system which can close down failing religinut schools, as happened with the UK “trojan horse” schools.

    First some politicians are needed who will put suitable legislation in place.



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  • OP:

    “certain speech or actions that are considered to be contrary to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

    What like buggering young boys, covering up, and swearing the victims to silence on threat of excommunication ? And of course moving the perpetrator into fresh territories. My father was a renegade Catholic, luckily for me. I have a particular loathing for this organisation and its bully bhoy tactics.

    This organisation has nothing useful to add to human culture or knowledge.



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  • I’m glad that they are showing their true colours. It’s just a matter of time before all hell breaks loose. Sorry for the staff of those schools hopefully all goes well with them ,what a horrible place to work



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  • 6
    aroundtown says:

    Take a look at the photo attached to this story, it is obviously from one of their churches. Jesus it seems has acquired some really fine silk threads with gold gilding on the sleeves. Seems odd to present him as slogging around in ragtag tattered weave but when it suits them they come up with an alternate perception.



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  • @OP – The new rules, outlined in the recently signed contract between the diocese and the Cleveland High School and Academy Lay Teachers Association (CHALTA), say a teacher can be fired for “certain speech or actions that are considered to be contrary to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

    Ah! – considered to be contrary to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church!

    159. Faith and science: “… methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.” (Vatican II GS 36:1)

    it looks like they will be teaching RCC “TRRRrrrrrooo Science” and Pope Pius IX’s TRRRrrrooo reasoning”!!!!!



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  • @OP – The new rules, outlined in the recently signed contract between the diocese and the Cleveland High School and Academy Lay Teachers Association (CHALTA),

    I would have to ask, “What sort of brain-dead teachers’ association, agrees to this???



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  • 11
    aroundtown says:

    Seems this group is always struggling to bend the rules in their favor. Just of late they were still tackling that nasty little problem about admonishing Galileo as regarded their opinion that the Earth was the center of the Universe.



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  • 100 years ago clerks at Eatons department store were similarly pressured.

    Note what is left out of the current list:
    pedophilia
    aiding and abetting pedophilia
    bullying young women
    assaulting students



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  • All religion is stone age superstition. Christians, Muslims, whatever. If people want ban something, ban sky-fairy followers. That kind of ban would set the human race ahead by a couple of thousand years.



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  • The hypocrisy of the Holy Roman Catholic Church defies words available in all the languages available on this planet. Australia is having a Royal Commission into the Institutionalized Abuse of Children. This is part of a transcript from an news article on ABC’s Current Affairs program, AM.

    **MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The royal commission into institutional child sex abuse moves to Rockhampton today for public hearings into the St Joseph’s orphanage at Neerkol.
    Abuse survivors will give evidence of the brutal treatment they suffered at the hands of Catholic nuns and priests and orphanage workers between 1940 and 1975.
    Samantha Donovan reports.*

    SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Mary Adams was left at the St Joseph’s orphanage in 1951 when she was nine months old. Run by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, it was her home for the next sixteen and a half years.

    MARY ADAMS: We had this overwhelming sense of despair and hopelessness and it was just a regime of terror.

    SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Mary Adams says the nuns’ treatment had a profound effect on the children.

    *MARY ADAMS: They had public floggings for a start, where they would take the children, the clothes off the children, mainly the boys that ran away and that, and we were all called into the school and they would be publicly belted in front of us, whipped with a horse whip by men that worked in the yards.
    But those that wet the bed, we would be wearing our wet sheets on our heads for breakfast, we would be lined up and got the cane after that.
    There was punishment for everything.**

    SISTERS OF MERCY. WTF.

    And we haven’t even go tot the rapes and sexual abuse. Read on if you are a catholic.

    Full article and Podcast here.

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4215853.htm



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  • Seems odd to present him as slogging around in ragtag tattered weave but when it suits them they come up with an alternate perception.

    I think that statue is a depiction of the “risen” Christ.



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  • First some politicians are needed who will put suitable legislation in place.

    But first some “suitable” voters are needed who will vote for “suitable” candidates.
    But first people must be “suitably” educated to identify the “suitable” candidates.
    And before that, there must be agreement on what is “suitable” education.
    And before that…



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  • Oh how true,

    The hypocrisy is just unbelievable! How can this church who is currently protecting child rapists from the rightful authorities dare to suppose that they can lecture anyone on any form of morality. That they clearly have not learn from almost 2000 years of making the same mistakes is also telling. They are actually resisting any form of moral development. Every catholic should be made to wear a I support child rape t’ shirts. Yes I know its a bit extreme but the average Catholics money is in part being used right this second to do exactly that I would not give a single dime to an institution that was doing this. People should be taking money out of the bloody collection trays, if they did they’d be far more likely to be charged with a criminal act.



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  • I would have to ask, “What sort of brain-dead teachers’ association, agrees to this???

    @OP

    …five high schools run by

    It boils down to employment opportunity, I’m afraid.
    I assume teachers still have the option (right) not to work for this particular employer if they feel they cannot comply.



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  • 19
    aroundtown says:

    Thanks Doug,

    I made the mistake of thinking to literally. Rising from the dead and being seen before ascending into heaven must have included a clothing upgrade, or wasn’t he supposed to have made a few more appearances before the ultimate exit?, maybe those people witnessed the new apparel? I don’t remember what the bible had to say on it all but it could be there, or maybe his appearance is simply imagined.

    I think your right though that the image is suppose to project the risen Christ, silly me. Gotta stay on top of the story, or in my case be thankful that I’m forgetting it.



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  • They don’t get to make the rules, they abide by them, like everyone else. You don’t conform to educational standards and ethics, then bye bye! Too bad, the RCC doesn’t run the show any more, sorry.

    You don’t get to discriminate either. Those rules are worthless.



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  • …or maybe his appearance is simply imagined.

    There you go.

    …or in my case be thankful that I’m forgetting it.

    Knowledge is power. Knowing (remembering) the details of a religious story doesn’t constitute endorsement as long as you understand it is myth.



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  • “Unlawful use of drugs”

    Did they add this thinking it might deflect attention from the obvious fact they are obsessed with controlling everyone’s sex life?

    j) Serious dishonesty.
    That rules out most of the ministers then.



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  • Doug
    Apr 14, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Yet, they do run these five schools, and nothing they are asking the teachers to do is against the law (yet).

    They are not asking the teachers to do anything!
    They are interfering in their personal lives, and with their teaching responsibilities, by forbidding them under threat of disciplinary action, from doing various things which they are entitled to do as human rights, or as teachers preparing teenagers for life and work without bigotry against various other groups of people (including medical staff carrying out their legal duties).



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  • Doug
    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I would have to ask, “What sort of brain-dead teachers’ association, agrees to this???

    It boils down to employment opportunity, I’m afraid.

    It sounds like total abdication of responsibility by the education authorities and their failure to seek expert advice.

    I assume teachers still have the option (right) not to work for this particular employer if they feel they cannot comply.

    This sounds very like the “free-market” ignoring international standards and competing in a race to the bottom!

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rightshttp://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    Article 2. – Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty

    Article 7. – All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

    Article 12. – No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

    Article 18. – Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

    Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

    Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

    Article 26. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

    Article 27.

    (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
    (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

    Article 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.



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  • When Margaret Sanger was introducing American women to birth control in the early decades of the 20th century, a Catholic Bishop declared that contraception was a greater sin than abortion. Curiously, in the Cleveland contract there is little or no condemnation for female teachers who use artificial birth control. (I’m sure it’s in there somewhere or inveighed against in ancillary sermons.) Today the battle cry has shifted emphasis to the hysterical “Abortion is Murder” campaign. I suspect even the numbskull clergy were cautious enough to avoid the punitive consequences of violating civil rights on such a private matter and ubiquitous practice. Here are pertinent statistical trends (which will vary depending on studies using different samples over time):

    Only 2% of Catholic women rely on natural family
    planning; even among Catholic women who attend
    church once a month or more, only 2% rely on this
    method … Sixty-eight percent of Catholic
    women use highly effective methods: sterilization
    (32%, including 24% using female sterilization,) the
    pill or another hormonal method (31%) and the IUD
    (5%).

    Among never-married
    Catholic young adult women, 89% are
    sexually experienced.

    Catholics are slightly more likely to get an abortion [rate per 1,000] than Protestants, according to a 2000-2001 survey.

    The Bishop is training sheep for leadership positions in a wolf pack.

    If every Catholic sitting in the pews today who had premarital or extra-marital sex or used artificial birth control were to be excommunicated on the spot, that Medieval Abomination would disappear overnight. Amen.



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  • They are not asking the teachers to do anything!

    They are asking the teachers who teach in their schools to refrain:

    …from doing various things which they are entitled to do as human
    rights, or as teachers preparing teenagers for life and work without
    bigotry against various other groups of people…

    And in the US, in the context of a privately run educational establishment, apparently this is not illegal.

    Please don’t misconstrue this statement as an endorsement of this reality. If you look back at my earlier comment, you will notice that I added “(yet)”, which is an indication of my expectation that someday this will (and should) be challenged and will (and should) change.

    As you said earlier (and with which I didn’t disagree):

    First some politicians are needed who will put suitable legislation in
    place.



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  • 31
    mshields says:

    ridiculous of course. Still, while I don’t support the Freedom of Religion bills taking the country by storm; these clearly invite discrimination, I’m not so sure that a Catholic Institution insisting on your behaving “like a Catholic” should come as a shocker or in any way be prohibited. Personally, I would never work for an organization proven to have put its own image over the well being of children and who still has some of the worst offenders safely enconsed within the walls of the Vatican. Still if you choose to work for them – well – that’s on you!



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  • Doug
    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I notice the term “the law” appears in these declarations.

    To what (or to whose) law do they refer?

    I think they are specifying what state laws are required to comply with the UN Declarations.

    There are various conventions which different states and groupings of states have sign up to.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/human_rights
    The formation of the United Nations gave human rights international legitimacy, particularly because many nations signed the United Nations Charter, which specifically mentions human rights (Preamble, Chapter I). Since the formation of the United Nations, it has passed many agreements and resolutions binding the signatories to respect human rights. Additionally, it has set up tribunals to charge those suspected of egregious violations of human rights. Furthermore, several other organizations, created by various treaties, have come into existence. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, for example, ensures that signatories of the American Convention on Human Rights abide by that treaty. The European Convention on Human Rights binds members of the Council of Europe to the human rights obligations set forth in it. The Convention specifically mentions the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and charges all signatories with upholding the basic principles of the document. Both the European and American Conventions on human rights have international tribunals in which to bring claims of violations of human rights. Additionally, several African nations have signed the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.



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  • The Catholic church deserves praise for recognizing the special responsibility that authority figures, in this instance, Catholic priests and Catholic teachers have to vulnerable populations. Children including older minors within the Catholic faith community have been conditioned to elevate ordained priests and teachers confessing the teachings of the Holy See to the highest standards of esteem, respect and moral authority. It’s imperative that Catholic role models who assume such great authority over the lives of children also be held to the highest standards of responsibility. Painfully conscious of the recent unpleasantness, it should come as no surprise, if memory serves me, that the first banned behavior on the list is sexual child abuse.



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  • If every Catholic sitting in the pews today who had premarital or extra-marital sex or used artificial birth control were to be excommunicated on the spot, that Medieval Abomination would disappear overnight. Amen.

    I’m not sure why. Members of the faithful who are excommunicated are still Catholics and are encouraged to maintain their links with the Church.



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  • So what is the point of excommunication then ?

    My father was a renegade Catholic who was rather rude to a priest who had been rude to him about reading the works of Alexander Dumas. He walked out of the meeting with the priest and the Church, more likely stomped, and never went back, much to the distress of his mother. He was never excommunicated, indeed the RCC still probably claim him as a Catholic !



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  • IMO The RCC deserves absolutely no praise for anything, but then I suspect Melvin is being ironic ?

    Whatever happened to Galileo, Bruno et al, was a long time ago, but the behaviour of some of the RCC hierarchy in at least the last 50 years or so, has been absolutely despicable.



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  • the behaviour of some of the RCC hierarchy in at least the last 50 years or so, has been absolutely despicable.

    I would go along with that.

    Though, even if belatedly, the hierarchy in England and Wales has attempted to establish a proper and responsible approach to child protection.



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