Federal appeals court upholds religious school’s freedom to choose its leaders

A federal appeals court has ruled that faith-based schools are free to choose leaders who will uphold their core religious beliefs. In Fitzgerald v. Roncalli High School and Archdiocese of Indianapolis, a former co-director of guidance at a Catholic high school sued after her contract was not renewed because she had entered a same-sex union, which violated her contract. The court ruled that the Constitution forbids government from interfering with a religious school’s hiring-and-firing practices.