NARAL Abortion League and #OECTA together against Morality Clauses
OECTA is firmly against any morality clauses for teachers. If a teacher want to wear a “Proud of my abortion” shirt and post it on her facebook, there is no problem according to OECTA. Same with same-sex marriage, IVF, etc etc
NARAL also has the same view! They are pushing a bill in California to stop Catholic teacher morality clauses.
There is a LONG history of teaching that a teacher’s personal life DOES matter!!
The integration of religious truth and values with the rest of life is brought about in the Catholic school not only by its unique curriculum, but, more important, by the presence of teachers who express an integrated approach to learning and living in their private and professional lives.
Example Teacher morality clause here. They are called what they are “Teacher-Minister”. Chaplaincy leaders in Ontario already use the “clergy” tax rebates. But OECTA is opposed to considering teachers in any sort of role like that would limit their lifestyle choices!!
Teacher-Minister agrees to comply with all policies, handbooks, rules and regulations of the School and of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Teacher-Minister also agrees to exemplify Catholic principles in a manner consistent with Teacher-Minister’s relationship with the Catholic Church 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 social doctrine or morals. While the School does not mean to suggest that Teacher-Minister is involved in such conduct or lifestyle, by way of example, such conduct or lifestyle that is in contradiction to Catholic social doctrine or morals includes, but is not limited to: cohabitation outside marriage; sexual activity out of wedlock; same-sex sexual activity; use of abortion; use of a surrogate mother; use of in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination; advocacy (defined as presenting or promoting as acceptable) for conduct, lifestyle, positions, policies, programs, causes or movements in contradiction to Catholic social doctrine or morals; and/or flagrant deceit or dishonesty. Teacher-Minister further agrees to teach and act consistently in accordance with the mission statement of the School and to strive to aid in the formation of students by personal witness so far as conscience allows to the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church (these can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church , which is incorporated herein by reference).
Yet another reason why “Catholic” education in Ontario is so much worse than in the USA!!!