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Will labor rulings beget Catholic Reunification?

Posted By Malcolm A. Kline On June 13, 2011 @ 2:52 pm In Faculty Lounge | No Comments

Those Catholic colleges and universities that sought their independence from the Mother Church back in the 1960s [1] may want to seek its protective custody now. “When federal agents ruled for a second time this year that a Catholic college cannot claim First Amendment protection from federal labor laws, they brazenly ignored instructions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and set up a potential Supreme Court [2] confrontation,” Patrick J. Reilly [3], president of the Cardinal Newman Society wrote in The Washington Times on June 8, 2011. “On May 26, the Chicago regional director for the National Labor Relations Board [4] (NLRB [4]) declared that St. Xavier University [5], a Catholic institution established by the Sisters of Mercy, was not sufficiently religious to be exempt from federal jurisdiction.”

“ The ruling came just four months after a similar ruling against the Christian Brothers’ Manhattan College [6], which has appealed to the national board [4] for a reversal.It’s doubtful Manhattan can get a favorable ruling from the union-friendly NLRB [4], but if the college [6] then appeals to the District’s federal court [7], it is likely to prevail.”

“That’s because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District has twice already ordered the NLRB [4] to cease harassing religious colleges and universities. In 2002 and 2008 rulings, the court [7] reversed the NLRB [4] and exempted religious institutions from requirements of the National Labor Relations Act.”

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia [8].

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[2] Supreme Court: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/supreme-court/

[3] Patrick J. Reilly: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/7/labor-redoubles-assault-on-catholic-colleges/

[4] National Labor Relations Board: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/national-labor-relations-board/

[5] Xavier University: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/xavier-university/

[6] Manhattan College: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/manhattan-college/

[7] District’s federal court: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/districts-federal-court/

[8] Accuracy in Academia: http://academia.org/

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