In a very important victory today for religious freedom, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 in Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish (July 9, 2021) that the ministerial exception bars “hostile work environment” claims.
The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled directly on this point, so the 7th Circuit’s decision is extremely important to Catholic educators and other religious employers.
“This ruling protects faithful Catholic educators and other religious employers from at least some lawsuits, which is especially helpful given the relentless drive to redefine sex discrimination as prohibiting Catholic beliefs about sex, gender and marriage,” said Patrick Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “The ministerial exception helps preserve the authentic mission of Catholic educators and all religious organizations.”
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Readings: • Am 7:12-15 • Psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 • Eph 1:3-14 • Mk 6:7-13 “The shepherd’s career is one of solitude,” stated Monsignor Ronald Knox in one of his homilies, further noting that such […]
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After a year and a half without pilgrimages due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Patriarch of Jerusalem welcomed a group of tour guides, priests, and journalists.
Pilgrims return to the Holy Land at last
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I have missed so many things, big and small, during the months without a congregation at Sunday Mass.
The biggest thing, of course, was gathering around the altar as a parish. It was especially difficult to celebrate Mass when no one was allowed to come to church.
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The flag of Venezuela. / Anyul Rivas via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).
Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 9, 2021 / 16:19 pm (CNA).
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A former Polish Roman Catholic church in rural Saskatchewan was destroyed by fire Thursday.
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