Contract: [noun] A written or spoken agreement, esp. one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law…

… Vows, contracts, promises. Whatever. You don’t really expect people to keep their word now-a-days or even be responsible enough to fully comprehend the legalities of a signed contract.

Christa Dias, a former teacher at Holy Family and St. Lawrence Catholic schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, claims she was fired for becoming pregnant using artificial insemination. Ms Dias was fired in October 2010 when, at five and a half months pregnant, she approached her employer about maternity leave options.

Bound by contract: Christa Dias, 32, was fired because she got pregnant via artificial insemination. The schools initially fired Ms Dias, 32, for being single and pregnant, Cincinnati.com reports. [My interjection: A news agency “reported” this, not the school involved. This is mere speculation]

When the schools discovered that violated several federal and state anti-discrimination laws, they said she was fired because she became pregnant using artificial insemination. That, the school said, was in direct violation of her contract. ‘She has a right to her opinion, but she doesn’t have a right to violate her (employment) contract,’ Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco told the website.

The contract Ms Dias signed called for employees to adhere to Catholic social teachings, including the avowal that having a child without a husband and out of wedlock is a ‘grave immoral’ act.Full completely bias and poorly reported story here.

Two things; she’s a teacher, which means she has intellectual wherewithal to understand a simple employment contract, and this is what happens when Catholic educational institutions hire non-Catholics. My only fault with the school is that they naively expected a person who does not follow Catholic social teaching to have the personal integrity to respect the terms of an employment contract stating an individual can be fired for not following Catholic social teaching.

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  • Jeanne Chabot

    People don’t get that we send our children to catholic schools SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE we believe that they are not only going to have a Catholic education, but also a Catholic EXAMPLE.  DUH!

  • Deb Thurston

    I thought for a minute that you had been reading the Hosanna-Tabor vs. EEOC  Supreme Court case files.  Whew.  Okay, back to praying my Rosary for all of those “wretched Lutherans.”  [cf. St. Teresa of Avila]

  • Mary M.

    While I do not like seeing anyone lose their job; firing Ms. Dias was the right thing to do if we are going to be “serious Catholics”.

  • http://profiles.google.com/christinehebert65 Christine Hebert

    Ah, yes.  Those lovely schools that are called Catholic and hire anyone these days.  There are so many reasons I homeschool.  Our local “Catholic” school is one of them. 

  • kenneth

    That’s interesting, the pervert (a priest sworn to celibacy), who fired her got no consequences, and actually had the Church pay off one of his accusers. Apparently some “Catholic social teachings” are more important than others.

    I’d also be real interested to find out how her employers found out about her artificial insemination. That’s private health information under federal HIPAA law. I can’t think of any legit way they would have obtained that information, unless she voluntarily told them. If it was obtained through improper means, I think the school ought to be able to uphold its contract, but then the guy who fired her and anyone else involved can face the $250,000 fines and 10 year prison hitch for violating HIPAA. 

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Clearly if you read the article in it’s entirety you would have seen where she disclosed the information to the school herself when she requested her maternity leave.  The article also says Fr. 
      Kiffermeyer was “accused” and a settlement was reached, added to remove focus from the real story. I see it worked.  Since it’s obvious he wasn’t found guilty to refer to a priest is calumny. 

      • kenneth

        The accusations against Kiffmeyer were never determined to be unfounded.  His bishop found the allegations credible enough to suspend him from sacramental duties for FOUR years.

         He was reinstated only because he filed a successful appeal to the Vatican and won his case on a technicality. Under Church law at the time, there was a five-year limitation on the reporting of such cases. These men waited something like seven. The fact that they were 18 at the time of the abuse also meant they could not be treated as child abuse victims in the classical sense. Nobody ever said Kiffmeyer was innocent. They said that old allegations couldn’t be used against him. If there were substantial doubts about his guilt, ie inconsistencies in the men’s stories, he could have used that to get his collar back a whole lot sooner. He did not. 

          Beating a rap doesn’t make you an innocent man. Just a clever and lucky one. Innocent men also don’t need “settlements” aka court-supervised bribes, to make problems go away. It’s also clear that the allegations of these young men are credible in a larger sense: There was a rampant culture of abuse at Elder, the high school where Kiffmeyer taught at the time of his alleged indiscretions.  He was one of three priests suspended over abuse allegations in a handful of years. I’d have to do more research, but I think the other men eventually faced laicization and criminal investigations, if not prosecutions. 

        On a technical basis, Kiffmeyer possessed the legal authority to enforce a contract rooted in voluntary adherence to Church law. Based on the example of his own life, his moral authority to sit in judgment of “following Catholic social teaching” is a different matter altogether.