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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