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Teachers at religious schools fear Supreme Court took away their civil rights

Jul 23, 2020

By Yonat Shimron

As a religious studies teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, a Catholic High School in San Francisco, Ish Ruiz knows he’s probably considered a “minister” by the archdiocese.

But he’s also charged with helping teachers in secular subjects discover their spiritual gifts, or charism, in Catholic nomenclature.

A recent Supreme Court decision on the so-called ministerial exception may shut down those conversations.

That’s because the court found that any religious school teacher who performs a religious function is beyond the reach of civil rights protections accorded to other workers.

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