Originally posted by josephw
Do you think God should punish the Catholic Church for hiring non-Catholics in the first place?
I don't know. Given the open disagreement of existing faculty, the East Bay diocese is ether going to have to look the other way on insincere pledges, or move toward all-Catholic school faculties. Fully staffing with Catholics is a logical end point but there may be another.
The article failed to mention another relevant obligation that non-Catholic teachers would pledge to, if they signed the contract. If such a teacher were to marry a Catholic, he/she would have to either convert to the RCC, or agree that any children would be raised as Catholics. One of these two choices would be required if the couple chose to have the marriage performed by a priest in the sacrament of matrimony, which choice the RCC would require of the Catholic in order for him/her to be able to partake in other sacraments such as Reconciliation and the Eucharist. So if a Catholic is allowed (under those conditions) to wed a non-Catholic, I would think a Catholic would be allowed to hire a non-Catholic under analogous conditions -- which the East Bay diocese's contract appears designed to satisfy. This contract-signing is equivalent* to the marital agreement to raise the kids Catholic.
Knowing Catholic moral scholars, I wouldn't be surprised if this logic was followed.
*Edit: Equivalent in more ways than one. A non-RC teacher who dated a Catholic teacher would be expected to avoid doing anything that might tempt the Catholic away from being a "good Catholic," even if the Catholic didn't want to be a good Catholic in that same regard (such as pre-marital sex or non-approved forms of birth control.)