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Non-Catholic claims he was fired from Catholic group for ‘supporting a woman’s right to choose’

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/11/16

It happened last week in New Mexico. Details: 

A former Albuquerque city councilor filed a lawsuit this week alleging that he was wrongfully fired from CHI St. Joseph’s Children because he is not Catholic “and supports a woman’s right to choose.” Former City Councilor Miguel Gómez contends that problems began for him in 2013 after the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Allen Sanchez, quizzed Gómez’s mother about her son’s religious beliefs. Gómez’s mother is Evangelical Christian and did not have her son baptized as a Roman Catholic, which Sanchez found offensive, the lawsuit contends. Gómez filed the lawsuit Thursday against CHI St. Joseph’s Children, a nonprofit advocacy group for New Mexico children, and Sanchez, who is also is the executive director of the New Mexico Council of Catholic Bishops. …Gómez contends that he was wrongfully fired because St. Joseph’s is not affiliated with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and is subject to state and federal labor laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion. The lawsuit also claims that Gómez was defamed because Sanchez told “a prominent and well-respected official” that Gómez was fired because he tried to pressure a St. Joseph’s employee to have an abortion.

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