Columbus, Ohio, Apr 26, 2013 / 16:20 pm
Following controversy over the firing of a Catholic school gym teacher who was in a homosexual relationship, the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio has said that educators must respect Catholic teaching and morals.
The Diocese of Columbus said that personnel matters are confidential under diocesan policy and cannot be discussed specifically.
Speaking "in general terms," the diocese said in a statement, all Catholic school personnel agree at the beginning of their employment to "abide by the rules, regulations, and policies of the Catholic Diocese, including respecting the moral values advanced by the teachings of Christ."
"The Catholic Church respects the fundamental dignity of all persons but also must insist that those in its employ respect the tenets of the Church," the diocese continued. "Personnel who choose to publicly espouse relationships or principles that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church cannot, ultimately, remain in the employ of the Church."