Thursday, March 01, 2007

Catholic priest NIH chaplin reinstated: religious discrimation cited


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in January that the Rev. Henry Heffernan, 76, was wrongly suspended and then fired in 2004 from the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center. That decision was supported Feb. 23 by the Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that hears federal personnel disputes.

Read the whole story, but the gist seems to be that Father Heffernan's boss felt that the priest's objection to Catholic patients "ministered to" by non-Catholic clergy was "old fashioned."

This decision calls for a big BRAVO! And Father Heffernan deserves kudos for his guts.