Supreme Court Says Catholic Schools Can Be Catholic

Any institution that can’t hire and fire for mission no longer has a mission.


Catholics should be celebrating. I know the world seems a little crazy right now and Catholics, at least the online ones, seem to be at each other’s throats for various reasons. There’s also a great deal of confusion in the Church right now. But let’s, just for right now, focus on the good news.

I mean, as Catholics we’re called to spread the “GOOD NEWS” and this week there’s been plenty.

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  1. No. There is nothing Catholic about firing an employee because they have a disability. The Court ruled correctly in that it is dangerous to allow the government to have oversight of the hiring and firing of 'ministers'. But moral law still stands and moral law does not allow a Catholic institution to fire someone for being disabled. The Church is legally right but morally wrong. Sinfully wrong. Evilly wrong.

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    1. One plaintiff claimed she was fired for being disabled; the other plaintiff claimed age related discrimination. Both schools cited poor performance for discharging the employees. If it is true they were discriminated against for those reasons, then yes it was morally wrong. I strongly agree. If in fact their job performance did not live up to expectations, the firings are justified despite age or other factors.

      I read the SCOTUS opinion. The teacher who developed breast cancer spent her first year as a permanent part-time substitute. She worked full time the following year before being let go. With that little experience at the school, it may not have been a good fit irregardless of the cancer. At one point, the older teacher made a statement that she is no longer a practicing Catholic. Both were expected to impart the faith and teach religion to elementary students. The teachers' contracts and faculty handbooks made Catholic religiosity abundantly clear as a condition of the position.

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    2. The teachers advanced a claim, if true, would mean the Catholic school was violating Catholic principles. The teachers were denied any forum to prove their claim. The school did not refute their claim, they simply pleaded they were above any review.

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