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By Patrick O’Donnell
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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