The challenge for the Church and for its educational institutions is to help Cathoilcs and others understand and accept the wisdom and logic underlying Catholic teaching on sexuality. Many adults raised in the years following Vatican II have never understood why sexual expression outside of marriage is condemned by the Church. A good starting point might be a discussion of the morality clause that had been signed by all faculty and staff at Marian High School. A public explanation and defense of the morality clause, including the school’s legal right to have and to enforce such a clause, would go a long way toward defusing the current tensions.
President of the IHM Sisters of Monroe, Sister Mary Jane Herb, announced that a group of priests and religious sisters will convene to develop a new morals clause "taking into account the IHM’s values of tolerance and inclusion" and to establish policies for the handling of future cases of morals clause violations: the "IHM community will provide a team of consultants to work with the administration. Members of the Leadership Council, theologians and others with expertise will provide various perspectives before a decision is made.”
Sister Mary Jane will address administrators and faculty at the school on October 1.
Kathy Schifferis a freelance writer and speaker, and her blog Seasons of Grace can be found on the Catholic Portal at Patheos.