Archbishop to Reexamine the Morality Clause; Teachers Won’t Be Qualified as Ministers

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that he is rethinking his plan to designate teachers as ministers and the strict guideline which required the teachers to reject homosexuality, use of contraception and other acts that are said to be “gravely evil.”

After tremendous pressure from parents and staffers from the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese’s schools, Archbishop took this step. He made the announcement on Tuesday. HE said that he is dropping an effort to designate the high schools teachers as ministers. Under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, designating teachers as ministers would have removed them from government-mandated employee protections and would have placed them solely under the church’s control.

Archbishop Cordileone had received a backlash from the people, after he made the announcement of his plan. He had told around 500 people working in the schools that he wanted them to follow the strict morality clauses written in the updated faculty books. The parents, teachers had thought that these clauses meant that the employees would be fired if they did any of the acts mentioned in the faculty book.

In the meeting with The Chronicle’s editorial board, Cordileone said that he will be forming a committee of theology teachers from the four high schools to go through the guidelines. He said the committee will give him recommendations and would adjust the language to make the statements more understandable for all.

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