Missouri Court Backs Catholic Diocese in Dismissing Female Church Official Found to Be Married to Another Woman

This U.S. Catholic diocese had dismissed her from her position as the social ministries director of a parish after a newspaper said in an article that she was married to another woman. Then she sued. But the judge has now ruled in favor of the diocese, saying that he would not stumble in addressing essentially religious questions, and so will rely on the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment clause of the U.S. Constitution. The diocese’s lawyer commented that if churches are forced to employ people who do not follow the religious teachings of these churches, the church will no longer be able to minister consistently or freely in accordance with its faith.
see www.christiantoday.com/article/missouri.court.backs.catholic.diocese.in.dismissing.female.church.official.found.to.be.married.to.another.woman/80161.htm

A Missouri court has ruled in favour of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in dismissing a woman from her job after she was found to be “married” to another woman.

Judge Kenneth Garrett of the Jackson County Circuit Court ruled that the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is protected by the First Amendment and as such the court could not decide on the fraud claim filed by Colleen Simon. The Catholic diocese dismissed Simon as social ministries director of St. Francis Xavier Parish in May 2014 after the Kansas City Star published an article that revealed she was married to a woman pastor.

“Lest we dash our foot against the obdurate edifice of reversible error in stumbling to address what are here essentially religious questions, this Court shall instead rely on the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to deprive it of subject-matter jurisdiction,” the judge ruled.

The “Free Exercise Clause …” - brilliant!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

… is often referred to by the “other side” as the “establishment clause …” and looks to IT as a justification for curtailing the “free exercise of religion” in favor of a presumed “freedom FROM religion” or ersatz official atheism in these matters, IMO.

As for an “establishment clause” being invoked here … the Catholic Church, while long established, has never been - nor been close to being adopted as the official faith of the U.S. It has been allowed the free exercise of the faith (mostly).

Judge Kenneth Garrett - short list for the Scalia vacancy? :hmmm:

:newidea: – " At least he knows right from wrong in an obvious matter! "

Just think if a court forced GLAAD to hire members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

AMEN, God Bless, Memaw

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