Monday, June 02, 2014

Gays, Unions March Against Catholic School Morals

As President Obama leads America into the national sexual deviancy month of June, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is under fire from the PC police, the mainstream media, homosexualists of all stripes, and its own Catholic school teachers who plan to unionize rather than sign contractual morality clauses that challenge their self-proclaimed rights to behave immorally and defy God Almighty.

Umm . . . unions may have political power, but . . .

For background, read Drop Morals for Catholic School Teachers, California Parents Say and also read Nun Blasted by North Carolina Parents for Teaching Catholicism

And click headlines below to read previous articles:

ObamaNation: Building Alters of Worship to Sexual Deviancy

President Obama & Democrats Celebrate Deviant Sex Month of June

Homosexual Indoctrination Month in Schools Nationwide

-- From "White House declares June LGBT Pride Month" by Anna Brand, MSNBC 6/2/14

LGBT rights just got another big push from the president himself.

The White House on Friday issued a proclamation by President Barack Obama calling on Americans to eliminate prejudice “everywhere it exists,” declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

“As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom [in defiance of voters], and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect – our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well,” the proclamation begins.

Obama writes that although the gay rights movement saw a massive victory this month last year with Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, giving gay couples married in states where it’s legal the same federal benefits that straight couples receive, full equality is not yet here.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Cincinnati Catholic school teachers resign over anti-gay morality clause" by Matt Bradwell, UPI 6/2/14

Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are resigning rather than sign a new contract that includes a morality clause banning public support of the LGBT community. Additionally, teachers cannot publicly support sex outside of marriage nor the use of in-vitro fertilization.

"This is a deep human issue and to dismiss it ... by calling (homosexuality) a lifestyle seems to be a huge misunderstanding on the cognitive level ... It's a dismissal of other human beings," [Catholic high school teacher Robert] Hague wrote in an open letter to Cincinnati Catholic Schools Superintendent Jim Rigg.

Roger Rosen teaches French and Latin at the same Catholic school where he was valedictorian almost five decades prior. He said he signed the new contract because he felt he had no choice, going as far as to call himself a "coward" for doing so.

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From "Cincinnati Catholic teachers unionize in response to new 'morality clause'" by Lyndsey Schley, WKSU-FM89.7 (Kent State Univ.) 5/16/14

Some Catholic school teachers in southwest Ohio have formed a union. For Ohio Public Radio, WNKU’s Cheri Lawson reports that they’ve organized in response to a new restrictive employment contract adopted by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and similar to one imposed in Cleveland.

The controversial agreement has drawn national attention because of a morality clause that spells out actions that could cause teachers to lose their jobs. Among them are showing public support for abortion, sex outside of marriage and same-sex unions.

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From "Gay pride event has focus on Catholic teacher contract" by Michael D. Clark, The Cincinnati Enquirer 5/31/14

Officials from the national Human Rights Campaign amped up the national controversy this week. The Washington, D.C.-based gay rights organization put another spotlight on Cincinnati – and other dioceses around the country – by sending a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine teachers who quit their jobs by refusing to sign the new contract.

HRC officials said "the Archdiocese of Cincinnati took anti-LGBT to a new level, calling not only for the firing of gay and lesbian school employees, but also citing support of the 'homosexual lifestyle' as grounds for dismissal."

[Dan Andriacco, spokesman for the Cincinnati archdiocese,] said "99 percent" of the 2,800 teachers in archdiocesan schools have signed the new contract for the next school year.

Saturday's gay pride event will further heighten the conflict between the LGBT community and church officials, [critics say].

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Pope Francis opposes same-sex marriage and warns of Satanic homosexual behavior

From "A litany of 'thou shalt nots': Catholic teachers challenge morality clause" by Susan Candiotti and Chris Welch, CNN 5/31/14

The revised morality clause goes beyond more general standard language requiring teachers -- Catholic or not -- to adhere to Catholic doctrine.

First, the 2014-15 contract adds the title "ministers" to all teachers -- from geography to gym class -- a move seen as a legal maneuver to try to protect the archdiocese from discrimination lawsuits. It stems from a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, in which the justices cite a "ministerial exemption" that gives religious institutions greater latitude when hiring and firing employees.

Teachers must sign a promise not to engage in or publicly support several areas of conduct including unmarried cohabitation or sex, using a surrogate mother or in-vitro fertilization, a homosexual lifestyle, and improper use of social media.

Catholic schools in Cleveland, as well as in Oakland, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii, are working on integrating the clause in their teacher contracts.

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From "Ohio Catholic School Contracts Controversy Dismissed as Overblown" by Carl Bunderson, CNA/EWTN NEWS, posted at National Catholic Register 5/29/14

The new guidelines specify that the educator must agree “to exemplify Catholic principles and to refrain from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the School or be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals.”

[Dan Andriacco, communications director for the Cincinnati archdiocese, said] “We do consider all of our teachers, including those who are not Catholic, to be ministers of the Church, because our schools are a ministry — that’s the reason we open up the doors in the morning. It’s not just to provide a great education, great discipline, although we do that: it’s to spread the Gospel.”

The wording is important, Andriacco said, for its concern with public — not private — acts, and its extension beyond the bounds of the classroom: “a teachers’ function as a role model doesn’t end at the classroom door. . . . I understand the complaint when people say it’s a bunch of ‘thou shalt nots’ — but it has to be. You can’t list the fullness of everything we’re supposed to do; as Catholics, we should all be very charitable – how are you going to write a contract requirement that people be charitable?”

“But, there is some generalized wording,” he added, that the examples are “not the sum of what we expect of our Catholic teachers; we expect a lot more than that. This is not supposed to be a catalogue of everything we expect from them.”

“If we had a problem with teachers posting racial slurs on their Facebook page or blog, that that would probably be part of the contract; I really suspect that if we did not fire, or publicly discipline a teacher who posted racial slurs on their website, that we would get an even bigger pushback than we’re getting now.”

The specified wording and examples in the contract are necessary, Andriacco explained, because the archdiocese has found itself in “situations where people seem to not know what the contract obligates them to.”

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UPDATE 12/27/14: From "Diocese to Lose $2 Million in Teacher’s IVF Lawsuit" by Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register

A federal grand jury decided the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., will have to pay out nearly $2 million to a teacher it fired for violating the morals clause of her contract by using artificial means to get pregnant [—a violation the Civil Rights Act].

A diocesan statement emailed to the Register stated the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese is “disappointed with the outcome of the trial and is considering an appeal to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Herx, a married Catholic woman, had been a junior-high language-arts teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne since 2003. She told diocesan officials that she was conceiving a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and was let go after rejecting the diocese’s attempts to reconcile her with Church teaching.

The case is complicated by the fact that Herx was fired after her second round of IVF treatments. According to court documents, Herx informed the school’s principal, Sandra Guffey, in March 2010, during the first round of treatment — part of which was paid for by the diocese’s health plan — and her contract was renewed. Guffey registered no objections at the time, explaining during the trial that she had been unaware of the Church’s teaching on IVF and only learned about it when reading a magazine a year later.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 1/14/15: From "Judge cuts jury award for ex-teacher’s in vitro firing" by The Associated Press

Monday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. dropped Emily Herx’s $1.9 million judgment in her civil rights lawsuit to just under $544,000.

After a four-day trial in December, a jury awarded her $1.75 million for compensatory damages for pain and suffering, $125,000 for medical care, $75,000 for lost wages and benefits, and $1 for punitive damages, The Journal Gazette reported.

In Monday’s ruling, Miller Jr. . . . reduced the compensatory damage award to $299,999 and left the punitive damage award at $1, to bring that total to $300,000.

Miller also increased the award for lost wages and benefits to $118,803, and included $22,853 in post-termination out-of-pocket health care costs, court documents indicate.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

And read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians as well as America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions