The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments from two Catholic schools in Los Angeles that maintain the religious exemption in the First Amendment shields them from employment discrimination lawsuits brought by two former instructors.

The Supreme Court ordered Dec. 18 that the two cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel, be consolidated and heard together at some point in the new year.

Both cases were brought by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit and public interest law firm.“Parents trust Catholic schools to assist them in one of their most important duties: forming the faith of their children,” said Montserrat Alvarado, vice president and executive director at Becket.

“If courts can second-guess a Catholic school’s judgment about who should teach religious beliefs to fifth graders, then neither Catholics nor any other religious group can be confident in their ability to convey the faith to the next generation.”
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