Supreme Court Justices Rule In Our Lady Of Guadalupe School v Morrissey-Berru
First Amendment “ministerial exception” governs the employment relationship between a religious institution and employees.
Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) recognizes the 7 - 2 decision citing "ministerial exception" by the United State Supreme Court in Guadalupe School v Morrissey-Berru substantiates the fact that Catholic schools are an education ministry of the Catholic Church.
Catholic schools are communities of faith, committed to evangelizing the mission of the Catholic Church while integrating religion throughout all curricular areas and dedicated to educating the whole child: mind, body and spirit. All who work or volunteer in Catholic schools accept that they work in accord with the mission of the school and the teaching of the Catholic Church.
NCEA respects that personnel decisions are between employees and their employers and fully understands that employers must respect the confidentiality rules that ethics and the law requires.
NCEA accepts the tenets outlined in the Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, which summarizes the responsibilities of Catholic school educators: "This same sacred synod, while professing its gratitude to priests, Religious men and women, and the laity who by their evangelical self-dedication are devoted to the noble work of education and of schools of every type and level, exhorts them to persevere generously in the work they have undertaken and, imbuing their students with the spirit of Christ, to strive to excel in pedagogy and the pursuit of knowledge in such a way that they not merely advance the internal renewal of the Church but preserve and enhance its beneficent influence upon today's world, especially the intellectual world."
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