Ministerial exception is abused

Although federal and state laws prohibit employers from discrimination, Catholic schools continue to do so by claiming ministerial exception (“A Gay Music Teacher Got Married. The Brooklyn Diocese Fired Him.” The New York Times, Oct. 27).  The latest example is a music teacher and parish music director who was fired when he married his boyfriend.

The trouble is that the Catholic church can now fire anyone it wants by labeling the employee a minister. That’s outrageous, but it seems that the courts have gone along with the charade. 

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