Catholic school teacher fired for using IVF
Father Jonathan Morris weighs in
- Duration 3:32
- Date Apr 29, 2012
Father Jonathan Morris weighs in
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Welcome back a teacher claims she was fired without warning from her job at a Catholic school because she had fertility treatments.
For two years man my supervisor had known about and and pitching was praying for -- and so there's no warning there was nothing.
I'm so in my heart I had support and I was being honest about it.
-- Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris is here -- dive this father she says she was fired.
From this Catholic school because of this what do you make of this -- that the whole point that the school in the diocese.
Are making is that.
There is -- ministerial exception as a Supreme Court and came down and it and explain in January with that and 920.
A ruling in which it religious.
Institution employer and can say.
There are certain rules to being eaten employee of ours and and they actually have gotten their contract you -- that you have to.
Yet the not only teach.
On these these things that you also have to set an example for the students and I don't know the individual.
Make a specific things about this case because it's it's now going going to court.
And so they're not talking about it but on the point here is that it's important I think we're just as a fraternity for example can say.
Only eight guys and our fraternity or sorority only girls are sorority it Catholic institution or religious institution of another sort can say.
There are certain standards for being an employee of arms.
So yes it is discrimination and were allowed to discriminate exactly at some point.
Okay here's what her lawyers saying.
We're not arguing with the church about what its doctrines are.
The claim is based on the fact that employers.
Need to respect anti discrimination -- we don't believe that Emily fits within the ministerial exception.
What I think.
We're gonna see -- the courts say it in your with the court with the ministerial exception rule right it was a nine to zero this and Supreme Court in January.
They didn't really -- -- in -- with the minutia of what is a religious and religious employee he.
And so that is -- come down to I think he's just the teacher she says.
Exactly she's not -- religion teacher so -- -- saying is now this is gonna have to get into the nitty -- where once before it was too vague now we have to find out on what grounds can you discriminate is it over sexuality.
-- -- over reproductive rights it's you know over ethnicity I have never seen a Catholic school religious institutions of tuition.
-- to say.
I want to see everything about your private life how are you living -- but when it becomes an issue I'm not exactly sure how this became an issue.
But he becomes an issue publicly -- I am going to do this for it -- for example is another case of a single woman teacher who got pregnant.
And said this done in onward to get pregnant even though I'm not -- you know I'm not with anyone because I'm gonna do it my own way and then she is explained the teacher to the kids know this is.
You know this is this is OK because I'm choosing to do this that becomes an issue.
If you're teaching a religious school has not yet clear how this became an issue.
Exactly but I felt like she can't share with her supervisor she sat -- and that was the Genesis of how it and it being -- products the public we don't want religious schools I don't think in my opinion going -- saying -- we we wanna know everything about your personal private life initiatives imperfect accords on what you know teachers you have -- priest you have no.
Right but at this very important institutions -- -- say we can discriminate.
According to our belief system that's an absolute precedent they're going to -- father got an interest an accident are coming up here on.