Report Card: Another Lawsuit Filed by Former Catholic School Employee in Same-Sex Marriage

The Cardinal Newman Society’s “Report Card” column provides weekly commentary from Matt Archbold on the latest in Catholic education. Matt blogs at and National Catholic Register, and he is the author of the book Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage.


Another teacher in same-sex marriage sues Catholic school, diocese after being fired

After losing his job following the announcement of his same-sex marriage to another man on Facebook, a male substitute teacher at a Catholic school in Charlotte, N.C., has filed a federal lawsuit alleging illegal discrimination.

Unsurprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union is involved on the man’s behalf and is urging the court to strip Catholic schools of their right to hire and fire for mission. Does the ACLU remember that freedom of religion is in the Bill of Rights?

A spokesman for the Diocese of Charlotte said the former employee was let go “for going on Facebook, entering in a same-sex relationship and saying in a very public way that he does not agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

The former employee told the media, “I wasn’t working for a church. In my mind, I was working for a school.” If you separate the Church from the school, we’re no longer talking about a Catholic school or a Catholic education. Unfortunately, many people still don’t understand this, which is why we need to continue to strengthen — and explain the importance of — Catholic education.

A former Catholic school employee in the Archdiocese of Newark filed a lawsuit a few months ago after being terminated for entering into a same-sex marriage. That case is still ongoing.


The secularization of Fordham

A new book out by Monsignor Thomas Shelley titled Fordham: A History of the Jesuit University of New York: 1841-2003 describes Fordham University’s rapid secularization over the past few decades.

One reviewer, John McCarthy, professor emeritus of history and former director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham, wrote at Catholic World Report: “However, one wonders whether Fordham, at the time of its bi-centennial in 2041, will still be able with any legitimacy to call itself a Jesuit — never mind Catholic — university.

“A future Fordham might be Jesuit and Catholic only in the same sense that Harvard and Yale are Calvinist,” he concluded.

A good argument could be made that this is already the case at Fordham.


Cardinal Newman Society president talks Trump, gender mandates in NC Register

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, was quoted in a National Catholic Register article by Joan Frawley Desmond about Catholics’ mixed feelings regarding a Donald Trump presidency.

Reilly talked about how President Trump could help Catholic schools immensely by repealing the Obama administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX regulations to bar discrimination based on gender identity, instead of sex, in schools receiving federal money.

“A top priority is to restore the intended definitions of ‘sex discrimination’ under Title VII (concerning employment) and Title IX (concerning education) to refer to man and woman, not ‘gender identity,’ ‘sexual orientation’ or family planning and abortion,” Reilly told the Register.


The media is covering our coverage

LifeNews, Newsmax, College Fix, and Catholic Culture all picked up on our report last week that only a minority of members of Congress who graduated from Jesuit institutions are pro-life.

Thanks to all for reading.


Wheeling Jesuit to commemorate former KKK, pro-abortion Senator Robert Byrd

Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., will host a traveling exhibit commemorating the life and career of pro-abortion Senator (and former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan) Robert Byrd starting next week.

The Byrd Center says on its website that its mission is to “advance representative democracy by promoting a better understanding of the United States Congress and the Constitution.” I guess they hadn’t read the Fourteenth Amendment which states that the government shall not deprive any person of LIFE.

“We are honored to host this exhibit that chronicles the life and legacy of Sen. Byrd,” said Dr. Robert Phillips, vice president of academics at Wheeling Jesuit. Why?

The university has close ties to Byrd. A building is named after him, and he helped secure millions of dollars for the university.


DePaul hosts ‘feminist lesbian socialist’ to lecture about the ‘way forward’

Barbara Smith, a lesbian feminist socialist, will speak at DePaul University on January 18 to discuss “Which Way Forward?: Freedom Organizing in the Twenty-First Century.”  DePaul cites Smith as a “groundbreaker in opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.”

Gloria Steinem once called Smith the “creator of modern feminism,” and Smith called the right to abortion “basic to women’s freedom and to women’s choices and liberation.”

So to discuss the “way forward” DePaul is hosting a radical ‘70s activist with views very much opposed to Catholic teaching. Yeah, that makes sense.


British government advisor wants Catholic schools to stop being Catholic, says it’s ‘not OK’ and ‘homophobic’ to oppose same-sex marriage

Likening conservative Christians to radical Islamists, the British government’s top advisor on community integration, said Catholic schools in Britain must not be allowed to be “homophobic” and oppose gay marriage.

“It is not OK for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage,” said Dame Louise Casey. “That’s not how we bring children up in this country. It’s often veiled as religious conservativism.”

She said “the expression of religious conservatism” is often “anti-equalities.”

The Church teaches that all people must be treated with respect and mercy. I wish that British government advisors did so as well.


Georgetown University deletes mention of pro-abortion club from website

TFP Student Action recently highlighted that Georgetown University was allowing the student club Medical Students for Choice to operate on campus even though its mission is to train “tomorrow’s abortion providers.” The Newman Society noted last April that the group was co-sponsoring the lecture of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards on campus, along with the pro-abortion student group H*yas for Choice, and others.

TFP Student Action updated their story to show that Georgetown University deleted the group’s name from the list of student clubs associated with the Georgetown School of Medicine. Unfortunately, it’s doubtful that deleting the words from the website actually got rid of the club, which shouldn’t be allowed on campus even in an “unofficial” capacity.

Georgetown has several student clubs on campus that support abortion and contraception against Church teaching, including If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice) and Amnesty International clubs. It’s clear that Georgetown has no intention of defending the right to life and Catholic moral teaching.

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