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Catholic families have a right to faithful Catholic education. “Parents must possess a true freedom in choosing schools; therefore, the Christian faithful must be concerned that civil society recognizes this freedom for parents and even supports it with subsidies; distributive justice is to be observed” (Canon 797). Society must also respect the religious freedom of Catholic educators to teach the true Catholic faith, to witness to that faith, and to protect the Catholic mission of a school or college in all hiring and admissions decisions and all other activities.
See also: Employee Benefits, Labor Relations, Nondiscrimination and Diversity
Research and Analysis
As part one of a three-part webinar series on “Protecting Religious Freedom in Catholic Education,” Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel for Becket Law, presented on “Recent Key Court Rulings Impacting Catholic Education,” with emphasis on hiring practices in Catholic education. Luke gave personal insights from his work defending Catholic schools and dioceses (2022/10/28).
As part two of a three-part webinar series on “Protecting Religious Freedom in Catholic Education,” Gregory Baylor, senior counsel and director of the Center for Religious Schools at Alliance Defending Freedom, presented on “Current Threats to Religious Freedom and Opportunities for Religious Education,” focusing on developments with the Biden administration, Title IX, and other regulatory and legislative developments. ADF provides expert assistance to The Cardinal Newman Society in promoting best practices and policies in Catholic education (2022/11/4).
As part three of a three-part webinar series on “Protecting Religious Freedom in Catholic Education,” Patrick Reilly, founder and president of The Cardinal Newman Society, presented on “Defending Against New Threats to Catholic Identity,” considering strategies for Catholic education to protect against current challenges to their Catholic identity (2022/11/10).
This summary video features highlights from the three-part “Protecting Religious Freedom in Catholic Education” webinar series between October and November 2022, featuring Luke Goodrich of Becket Law, Gregory Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom, and Patrick Reilly of The Cardinal Newman Society. This webinar series was designed to guide Catholic educational leaders in protecting their institutions against current challenges to their Catholic identity.
Newman Society President Patrick Reilly was hosted on EWTN News Nightly to discuss the latest threats facing Catholic schools and colleges (2019/8/5).