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Cincinnati Archdiocese To Tweak Contract's Morality Clauses

The Cincinnati Catholic Archdiocese is changing some of the language in its morality clauses with its employees.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati plans to update language in its teachers’ contract following a committee’s suggestions on its morality clauses.

Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that the tweaked language in the contract will clarify what is expected of employees. The clarifications come after last year’s contract sparked protests for its language prohibiting “homosexual lifestyles,” abortion, artificial insemination and public support for any of those causes.

Andriacco says the updates include changing the wording from “public support” of such causes to “advocacy.” The diocese had received many questions about what constituted “public support.”

The updates come at the suggestion of a newly formed teacher advisory committee.

Some opponents of the contract’s morality clause say the changes don’t make much difference.