OK kids, here's a dilemma I would love to solve.
We all know in the United States it is against the law to deny employment to anyone based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin; this is a right that is provded to us under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
OK, we all agree so far, right? Good.
However, the Civil Rights Act does not cover discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, status as a parent, marital status and political affiliation. However, other federal agencies and many states and municipalities do.
Still with me? Good.
It was reported this past week that in the coming months the Vatican will ban all gay men from joining the clergy even if they take a vow of celibacy.
See where I'm going with this? No? Let me explain.
Damn, now I have reached a quagmire of my own! I was going to argue that the Catholic Church has a constitutional fight on its hands if the Vatican is going to bar gays from serving as priests since the Church, as an employer, hands out paychecks to its "employees." But then I realized the Church does not employ women as priests, so I started doing research to find out how the Church has been able to skirt around the Civil Rights Act and, to my amazement, I could not find anything that even remotely talked about this subject.
So I was forced to call a friend of mine who knows the workings of the Church and he told me that the Church gets around the Civil Rights Act because priests are all paid by donations.
What an interesting concept. I put my money in the basket and that money eventually ends up in the pocket of my priest as down payment for a Mercedes. Life couldn't be better!