By: Krystle Crossman
Catholic school teachers in Cincinnati have been given a cheat sheet of the things that can get them fired under the Catholic doctrine. Their contracts include specific events that are offenses that will get them fired on the spot. If a teacher shows any indication that they are practicing a “homos*xual lifestyle”, getting an abortion, or being artificially inseminated to have a child, they will lose their job. The problem is that teachers who are fired for offenses like this have no way to sue because the language is so vague in the doctrine.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says that by including these specific events in their contracts with their teachers and giving them a specific list of what they could be fired for helps them to understand what rules need to be followed. The reason that they have made these contracts so item-specific is because a large number of lawsuits were filed after teachers were being fired for reasons that seemed unclear or unfair to them.
Among the list of things that they cannot do other than those mentioned above are:
– S*x outside of marriage
– “Improper use” of social media outlets
– Being a member of an organization that does not follow the church doctrine
– Using a surrogate mother to have a child
The union in Cincinnati has been contacted by some of the teachers even though they are not a part of the union. They say that the contract is over the top and is very restrictive on their lives. The union president, Rita Schwartz says that the contracts are oppressive. The Archdiocese is defending their actions and the language that is in the contracts saying that all of the teachers that are at Catholic schools must behave under the moral standards of the doctrine and they all know that when they sign on to be a teacher. What do you think, too strict or should the teachers know that they are expected to follow these rules under their religion?