Catholic Prep School Unlawfully Discriminated Against Openly Gay Man, Judge Rules

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by Ryan Fitzgerald  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 18, 2015   

Apparently a job in food services doesn't need to present the Faith

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MILTON, Mass. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An all-girls Catholic prep school in Massachusetts unlawfully discriminated against an actively homosexual man when it withdrew his job offer upon finding out he's in a same-sex civil "marriage." That was the ruling of Norfolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins on Wednesday.

The man, Matthew Barrett, had been offered a job as the food services director at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, but that job offer was taken back after he later listed his "husband" as an emergency contact.

Barrett then sued, citing the state's anti-discrimination law.

In the ensuing case, Fontbonne appealed to its religious mission, arguing that the man's openly gay living situation defied its stated religious mission, which includes the Church's teaching that homosexual activity is immoral.

Judge Wilkins, however, wasn't buying that line of reasoning. He decided that the food services job doesn't include teaching the various moral principles of Catholicism.

"As an educational institution, Fontbonne retains control over its mission and message," wrote the judge. "It is not forced to allow Barrett to dilute that message, where he will not be a teacher, minister or spokesman for Fontbonne and has not engaged in public advocacy of same-sex marriage."

One of the other factors in the case was that Fontbonne does not weigh in on its employees' religion when hiring positions that aren't part of its administration or theology faculty. This is supposedly evidence that the Catholic mission it proclaims can bend to concessions.

Judge Wilkins is apparently holding Fontbonne responsible for damages, but no hearing to determine the amount has yet been set.

Watch "Mic'd Up: Smuggling in Sodomy" to see ChurchMilitant.com's recent coverage of the LGBT agenda's infiltration into Catholic schools.

 

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