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Oakland Diocese criticized over teacher contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is coming under fire for a new contract clause that requires teachers to conform to church teachings in their private lives.

Some parents, teachers and students worry teachers could be fired for being gay or engaging in behavior the Church frowns on, such as having sex outside marriage. Diocese of Oakland spokesman Mike Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle  this week that five teachers have refused to sign the new contract.

Parents and teachers, additionally, plan to protest at the diocese's offices on May 30.

The diocese runs more than 50 schools and employs about 1,000 teachers, many of them non-Catholics. Brown says the new language is not a witch hunt, but an attempt to be clearer about the contract.

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