Public Policy and Legal (General)

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Catholic families have a right to faithful Catholic education. “Parents must possess a true freedom in choosing schools; therefore, the Christian faithful must be concerned that civil society recognizes this freedom for parents and even supports it with subsidies; distributive justice is to be observed” (Canon 797). Society must also respect the religious freedom of Catholic educators to teach the true Catholic faith, to witness to that faith, and to protect the Catholic mission of a school or college in all hiring and admissions decisions and all other activities.

See also: Employee Benefits, Labor Relations, Nondiscrimination and Diversity


Amicus Briefs

2021/6/21: The Cardinal Newman Society joined an amicus brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case Maxon v Fuller Theological Seminary, urging the court to protect the seminary’s right to set religious and moral standards for its students and members, regardless of the Biden administration’s interpretation of Title IX as applying to homosexuality and gender identity.

2020/10/13: The Cardinal Newman Society filed an amicus brief urging the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the ministerial exception and protect the First Amendment rights of the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Newman Society President Patrick Reilly was hosted on EWTN News Nightly to discuss the latest threats facing Catholic schools and colleges (2020/8/5).