Church Administrators


Many of those in leadership roles within Catholic schools, parishes, hospitals, charities, and religious communities are interested in finding out ways to protect vulnerable employees, particularly those who identify as LGBT+. There are actions you can take right away to start this process, and additional steps you can take that eventually transform your institution into one that respects Catholic teaching on the dignity of work and compassion for all who are on the margins.

What does state and federal law say about discrimination against LGBT+ employees?

Learn more about laws surrounding discrimination against LGBT+ people in the workplace, and how religious affiliation affects your legal rights and responsibilities as an employer.

Does canon law protect church workers?

As the code of ecclesiastical laws that govern the Roman Catholic church, canon law affects not only individual Catholics, but all institutions that claim Roman Catholic identity. Find out how canon law calls on employers to treat all workers with dignity and respect.

How can Catholic theology be used to help protect vulnerable employees?

Catholicism has a rich tradition that fiercely protects worker rights and justice for those on the margins.

What does a just employment policy look like?

Read an example of a real employment policy, currently in use, that includes “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “personal support for marriage equality” as protected classes.

How can I establish an LGBT+ employment non-discrimination policy in my institution?

There are different ways to approach this work on a local level, and New Ways Ministry has compiled a helpful list of suggestions on how to get started.