A married gay man who had been denied a job as head chef of an elite all-girls "Catholic" prep school has won his lawsuit today in Norfolk Superior Court.
Matt Barrett, the plaintiff in Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy, was initially offered the position in 2013 but was later rescinded by the head mistress for listing his husband on the emergency contact form. (Mr. Barrett has since got another job.) (News item link)
Judge Douglas H. Wilkins ruled that Fontbonne Academy was not a religious institution exempt from the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Employment laws because it does not discriminate based upon religion in their services. The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts condemned the ruling, calling it "a frontal assault on religious freedom, an appalling subordination of the First Amendment to the Massachusetts gay rights law, and a victory by homosexual activists in their campaign to coerce Christians into compliance with same sex marriage."
Despite being operated by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Joseph, Fontbonne Academy is not a Catholic school simply because not all of its students are Roman Catholic. Judge Wilkins interpreted that Massachusetts law defines a Catholic school where everyone involved is Catholic. That is not the case with Fontbonne, nor any other school run by any of the Catholic dioceses in Massachusetts.
So in other words, Massachusetts law only considers a religious school as a place where everyone involved (students, teachers, principals, staff) is of the same religion. Since Boston College, despite being owned and operated by the Jesuit order, does not regard religion into its recruitment practices, it is not a religious college! Same with Holy Cross, Assumption, Anna Maria, Emmanuel, Elms, Stonehill, etc.
So in another words, if your child goes to a "Catholic" school that accepts anyone regardless of religion, then it is not a Catholic school under Massachusetts law!
As long as these Vatican II Novus Ordo schools worship at the altar of diversity, they will continue to lose in court. In this particular case, this school is run by a religious order and not by the Archdiocese. But as long as Cardinal Sean continues to allow non-Catholics students in his schools, he will be subject to more lawsuits. He might as well take the name "Catholic" off all his schools.
The only true Catholic school in the Commonwealth is run by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Saint Benedict Center in Still River (Diocese of Worcester). The Brothers and Sisters are the primary teachers, and they only accept Catholic students. And the school day begins with Daily Latin Mass.