Teachers urge archbishop to remove handbook morality clauses 

Teachers and staff from four Catholic High Schools in the Bay Area are urging San Francisco's archbishop to remove morality clauses from the faculty handbook.

Teacher Jim Jordan said Tuesday a petition with 355 signatures of teachers and staff collected in the past two days will be delivered to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone by union representatives.

The clauses recently proposed by Cordileone outline the church's teaching that sex outside of marriage, homosexual relations, abortion, masturbation and the viewing of pornography are "gravely evil."

The language "undermines the mission of Catholic education and the inclusive, diverse and welcoming community we prize at our schools," said Jordan, who is an English teacher in San Francisco's Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.

State lawmakers have criticized the statement Cordileone proposed adding to the faculty handbook and asked for a probe of working conditions at the archdiocese's four Bay Area Catholic high schools, including two in San Francisco.

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