Catholic schools must retain right to be Catholic

Catholic schools must retain right to be Catholic

From Cardinal Newman Society Report Card, February 27, 2018

Catholic schools are “really just institutions that seek to live out the Catholic faith in a concrete way, whether it be in charity work, education, or some other endeavor,” according to the chancellor of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Many cases of Catholic school employees fired for conduct violations such as becoming pregnant out of wedlock or marrying a member of the same sex have created media maelstroms, pleading petitions, and punitive lawsuits, but Nguyen says schools must stand up for their rights.

“When an employee publicly lives or advocate things contrary to Catholic faith and morals and makes no movements to correct the situation,” Nguyen told the Catholic News Agency, “the institution should have the right to determine whether their continued employment is an inconsistency with the integrity of the mission of the institution.”

In that same piece, attorney Scott Browning said that “the First Amendment allows religious people to live their faith free from being controlled by the government. This freedom of religion is at the core of the American system.”

He reminded readers that the U.S. Supreme Court case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, was issued unanimously in 2012 and affirmed a “ministerial exception” which immunizes religious schools against virtually all forms of workplace discrimination lawsuits.

Browning made clear that for those who don’t like Catholic school policies, there are myriad secular alternatives.

 

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