“Mike Moroski is a former English teacher who lost his job at Purcell Marian High School after posting his support of same-sex marriage on his blog.” For more: Archdiocese of Cincinnati Expands Moral Clause in Teacher Contracts In the wake of the firing of an openly gay vice principal at Eastside Catholic in Washington State, bishops are clarifying terms under which employees can be dismissed. This week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the following “morals” clause now appears in teacher contracts: 4. Teacher-Minister agrees, without limitation, 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 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. Such conduct or lifestyle that is in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals includes, but is not limited to, improper use of social media/communication, public support of or publicly living together outside marriage, public support of or sexual activity out of wedlock, public support of or homosexual lifestyle, public support of or use of abortion, public support of or use of a surrogate mother, public support of or use of in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination, public membership in organizations whose mission and message are incompatible with Catholic 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 student by personal witness to the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church (these can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church http://vatican/va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEXHTM). My husband and I share our home with a practicing Catholic. It’s pretty public. All the neighbors know we live together. According to the terms of this contract, this co-housing arrangement would be disallowed. Today, our roommate is cooking several pot roasts for a dinner that will be served to homeless people here in Seattle. (As I write this, it’s raining miserably, so I’m glad people will get a hot meal.) It’s a good thing our roommate doesn’t work for a Catholic institution or we’d have to insist that she move out to protect her job. I also hope she doesn’t consider trying to get a job in a Catholic hospital/health system here in Washington, because the “ministerial exception” that allows Catholic institutions to insist on contracts that pry into people’s personal lives are completely legal. It’s all about religious liberty, and the fact that you and I fund these institutions (in a recent interview, the CEO of $13.3 billion CHE-Trinity Health estimated that 60-65% of funds come from government payers) doesn’t give us any legal rights to insist they’re run fairly and compassionately. Under Hosanna-Tabor, the Supreme Court decision that gave religious institutions the right to hire and fire “ministers” at will, you don’t even need a contract clause like the one above to fire someone for violating Catholic doctrine. So the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was really just being helpful in spelling it all out anyway. BTW, like many people here in Washington, we have gay friends who are busy raising children. I hope no one limits our roommate’s employment options, especially in the healthcare industry here in Washington State, by posting photos that show her looking too friendly with them.