Supreme Court Defers to Canon Law in Catholic School Decision

There is an admirable concession to Catholic Church authority in the Supreme Court’s July 8 ruling on the “ministerial exception” for Catholic schools.

Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority opinion for Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Agnes Morrissey-Berru, defers to the authority of the Catechism and the Church’s canon law with regard to Catholic education.

In Guadalupe, the Court ruled that two Catholic school teachers, despite teaching secular subjects in addition to religion, are “ministers” of the Catholic faith whose employment is a religious matter that lies outside the jurisdiction of secular courts.

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Pope appoints Fr. Stephen Parkes, brother of St. Petersburg’s Bishop Gregory Parkes, new bishop of Savannah, Georgia…

Pope Francis appointed Fr. Stephen D. Parkes as the next bishop of Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday. The Holy See press office announced July 8 that Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, would succeed Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, who was appointed archbishop of Atlanta in March. Fr. Parkes, 55, currently serves as pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church in Longwood, Florida. His older brother, Bishop Gregory Parkes, serves St. Petersburg, Florida…

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After 10-year legal battle over ‘contraception mandate,’ Little Sisters of the Poor get big win in Supreme Court decision…

The Little Sisters of the Poor had a victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, nine years into the religious order’s bouts of litigation over the Obama-era “contraception mandate” which obliged employers to provide for contraceptive coverage for employees through their health care plans.

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Catholic school teachers are “ministers,” Supreme Court rules in 7-2 decision…

The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered a long-awaited religious liberty decision on the right of religious schools to hire and fire teachers. The court found in favor of two Catholic schools in California, ruling that a “ministerial exception” to government interference applies to teachers in religious schools.

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I still grieve for England…

I had gone to England after Bob Jones University with an admittedly eccentric, but beautiful dream. I wanted to be a “country parson” like George Herbert–to retreat to a parish in the heart of the English countryside and there to serve the people simply and humbly. I’d keep a garden, mind my own business and perhaps write some poetry. Was that such a bad thing to desire? I don’t think so…

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A new birth for American civil rights…

We cannot expect to end racism until we, as a country, value and protect the dignity of every life from conception to natural death. In part, our country still suffers from racism because we are failing to defend the dignity and right to life of every human being, no matter the person’s color, no matter the person’s usefulness, and no matter the person’s stage of development…

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