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Lawmakers Want Probe Of SF Archdiocese's 4 High Schools

  

(AP) - Two California lawmakers who called the San Francisco archbishop's morality clauses discriminatory are asking for a probe of working conditions at four San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high schools.

Democratic Assemblymen Phil Ting of San Francisco and Kevin Mullin of San Mateo say the clauses set a dangerous precedent for workers' rights.

On Monday, they urged the Assembly's Labor and Employment and Judiciary Committees to conduct the probe.

The request follows an exchange of letters between the assemblymen and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

The lawmakers asked the archbishop to remove the "divisive and discriminatory" clauses from a teachers' handbook.

Cordileone answered they need to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings.

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