Standing up against fear and discrimination in San Francisco
Yesterday, Archbishop Cordileone proposed that teachers and staff at Bay Area high schools within the Archdiocese accept “morality clauses” that condemn homosexuality as contrary to “natural law,” contraception as “intrinsically evil,” ordination of female priests as impossible, and use of assisted reproductive technology as a “grave evil.” Every staff member is expected to “conduct their lives so as to not visibly contradict, undermine or deny these truths.”
Students, staff, parents and alumni are outraged. CTA has worked with local groups to launch a petition and is making sure that the Archbishop knows that his move is out of step with Catholics around the country.
The Archbishop is also attempting to reclassify all Catholic school employees, including teachers, administrative staff, custodial and food service staff, as “ministers,” a move which other diocese have also made recently, and which could eliminate anti-discrimination protections for those staff members.
Below, you can see the proposed language which was distributed at a meeting yesterday at one high school, others are expected to officially receive the documents at an event Friday at the Cathedral. Local parents and students are planning to push back, we’ll be sure to let you know how to support them.
Here are the documents which teachers received yesterday (click on each to enlarge, pages go from left to right)