(Cincinnnati) Cincinnati Catholics will continue to speak out against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s 2014-15 teachers’ contract with “A Rally for Richard Hague” on Thursday, May 22.

Organizer Jason Brown, a 2007 graduate of Purcell Marian High School, said he wants to honor Hague for his 45 years of teaching at the Catholic high school. “If you weren’t learning, Dick Hague would make you learn,” Brown said. “Dick Hague changed my life for the better.”

Hague began teaching literature, humanities and creative writing at Purcell Marian in 1969. A much-awarded writer and teacher, he resigned rather than sign the new teacher contract largely because of its demand that teachers not support or participate in a “homosexual lifestyle.”

Brown said “A Rally for Richard Hague” will run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the offices of the Cincinnati Archdiocese, 100 E. 8th St. He said he expects many Purcell Marian graduates to attend the rally and invites anyone opposed to the contract to join them.

Martha Earls was raised Catholic, and is appalled at the direction the Archdiocese is taking.  Earls says the teachers only have a month to read and the sign the contract, and they're being forced to choose between working while disagreeing with the church's position, and looking for another job.  Earls says she's worried local Catholic schools will lose good teachers.  But she says it appears the Archdiocese is willing to pay that price.