The Church has warned that senior teachers at Catholic schools could face disciplinary action if they form any "non-chaste" relationship outside marriage.
In a new booklet about Catholic schools, the General Secretary of the
Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Mgr Marcus Stock, writes that
key staff members and governors cannot perform their roles if they make
"substantive life choices" that are incompatible with church teaching.
Catholics who cohabit or enter into same-sex civil partnerships would
fall into this category.
The booklet, "Christ at the Centre: Why the Church provides Catholic
Schools" is published jointly by the bishops' conference and the
Catholic Education Service (CES) through the Catholic Truth Society.