Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels for the Church so frequently that I have name him Defender of the Faith, has a look at a “Catholic” who is outraged that teachers who teach at Catholic schools should be required to lead Catholic lives:
You know what would really be nifty, asks Christine Haider-Winnet. If Catholic bishops would just quit running the lives of every single person in the entire world:
For several years now, we have seen a troubling trend in Catholic places of employment. Bishops are overstepping to meddle in employees’ personal lives. Firing competent, beloved teachers for same-sex marriages, requiring whole staffs to agree to statements calling contraception evil, and forbidding discussion of women’s equality in the church are now being included in morality clauses that administrators, teachers, and staff must sign.
The Reformation? What the hell is that?
New contracts, like the most recent one in San Francisco, now govern whom one can marry, use of birth control and other reproductive choices, and in the most egregious of cases, what events one can attend and whom one can and cannot associate with. Attending your nephew’s wedding to his husband, or posting a congratulatory message on Facebook, could now cost you your job.
Hey, gang! I heard that some German monk named Martin Luther just nailed 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Haven’t read ‘em yet but I hear that they’re pretty spicy.
Perhaps the most disturbing part is the hierarchy’s claim that this is for the good of children. What our children need are good teachers and safe, affirming environments in which to learn and grow. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender role models and open, accepting communities are essential not only to the safety of our children, but to their growth and overall well-being. As research indicates, kids who are LGB or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity are up to four times as likely to commit suicide as their straight peers. Being in a community that rejects them increases that risk astronomically.
Yeah, but here’s the thing. The ONLY job of Catholic bishops is to tell the truth.
What are Catholic school students to think when they see a beloved teacher fired for getting married?
That they forgot to find out where he/she was registered?
Or hear she lost her job for getting pregnant using alternative methods?
That Christ and Zeitgeist are not the same thing?
When it comes to employment, should not the focus be on professional competency? If a teacher can teach, shouldn’t he or she be applauded for this dedication and quality as an educator? Sifting through one’s private life in order to gauge doctrinal orthodoxy as a measure of job performance is disturbing and dangerous. Is this what our Catholic faith has come to? Is this the precedent we wish to set?
Well, yeah, insofar as the Catholic Church
ACTUALLY BELIEVES STUFF
and shouldn’t be forced to employ anyone whose life choices undercut its beliefs.
Let’s go at this bass akwards there, Chrissie. If I ever went to work for your little group, “Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations committed to LGBT equality,” and started writing about how homosexual activity was a sin, how long do you think that I would I keep my job? So “morality clauses” are nothing new.
Folks just have to have the correct “morality.”
Go here to read the comments. One of the disheartening aspects of Catholicism over the past few decades is how many people draw a check from the Church, clergy and laity, and give every sign of not believing what the Church teaches. This of course is deeply dishonest. As CS Lewis noted to a group of Anglican ministers:
This is your duty not specifically as Christians or as priests but as honest men. There is a danger here of the clergy developing a special professional conscience which obscures the very plain moral issue. Men who have passed beyond these boundary lines in either direction are apt to protest that they have come by their unorthodox opinions honestly. In defense of these opinions they are prepared to suffer obloquy and to forfeit professional advancement. They thus come to feel like martyrs. But this simply misses the point which so gravely scandalizes the layman. We never doubted that the unorthodox opinions were honestly held: what we complain of is your continuing you ministry after you have come to hold them. We always knew that a man who makes his living as a paid agent of the Conservative party may honestly change his views and honestly become a Communist. What we deny is that he can honestly continue to be a Conservative agent and to receive money from one party while he supports the policy of another.
People employed by the Church, especially teachers of children, should believe what the Church teaches. If not, simple honesty requires them to earn their living elsewhere. Clergy, or those laity in authority, who deliberately hire employees who do not embrace the teachings of the Church, are so lost to honesty that they would not know it if it came up and bit them on their bottoms.