Friday, August 25, 2017

Two court victories

Catholic schools have rights
August 25, 2017
Dear Friends,

Common sense has prevailed.

It was a crazy lawsuit in the first place—but today, you can’t be too protective of religious freedom for Catholic educators.

As reported in Matt Archbold’s “Report Card” column this week, the Second Circuit Court decided that Catholic diocesan schools have a religious purpose (go figure!) and therefore it’s the Church’s discretion to decide who leads them.

The decision was unanimous, which is a well-deserved embarrassment to the attorney who filed the lawsuit against the Archdiocese of New York, which he compared to “slave owners.”

Meanwhile, a judge has also upheld the right of a New Jersey Catholic school to prevent girls from playing on a boys’ basketball team—and to deny enrollment to a family that has tried to force the school into submission.

Again, the court simply deferred to the school’s judgment. “The court does not have the authority to meddle in this decision,” it ruled, because a Catholic school is free to make decisions rooted in its religious beliefs.

The First Amendment survives… for now!

Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for this good news and read about it at the link below.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


 Patrick Reilly
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