The Catholic University of America




The Becket Fund: Religious Liberty for All-Most comprehensive collection of religious liberty cases. Excellent resource. 

The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education: A division of the Cardinal Newman Society. Contains publications and resources to assist in retaining the Catholic identity of an IHE.

NACUANOTES: First Amendment and the Ten Commandments: The Ministerial Exception's Application to Religious Colleges and Universities (4-14-15)

 A Short Guide for Religious Visa Applicants and their Religious Institutions
This is a 10 page guide that will assist religious institutions and visa applicants in navigating the various visa categories that will be relevant when applying for visas for any of a number of temporary religious purposes, such as to attend religious meetings or ceremonies, for formation, other training or academic study. This guide is produced by Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., 105 W. Madison, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602, in collaboration with the USCCB and CLINIC, and is posted with the law firm's permission.

Legal Issues Unique to Religious Educational Institutions summary by Margaret L. O'Donnell, updated 7/8/10

NACUA Notes: Holiday and Religious Displays on Campus: Threading the First Amendment Needle (November 15, 2012)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Office of the General Counsel
(includes links to Amicus Briefs filed by USCCB)

The Catholic University of America's unique role in American higher education has led to its involvement in several important court decisions involving religious issues.

EEOC and Elizabeth McDonough v. The Catholic University of America, 83 F.3d 455 (D.C. Cir. 1996). Addresses the ministerial exception to Title VII.


Granfield v. The Catholic University of America, 530 F.2d 1035 (D.C. Cir.). Upheld CUA's right to apply a clerical discount to salaries.


Curran v. The Catholic University of America, Sup. Ct. D.C., C.A. No. 1562-87 (1989). Academic freedom versus free exercise of religious beliefs. In Curran, the court held that the university did not breach its agreement with a tenured professor by withdrawing his right to teach Catholic theology.