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Monday, December 14, 2009

Monaghan Is Back Arguing That Courts Have No Jurisdiction Over Him

AveWatch is reporting that Monaghan is trying to make the same "ministerial exception" argument in the still-pending Ave Maria College whistleblower suit as he made in the Ave Maria School of Law wrongful termination suit. (The issue was never ruled on by the court in the AMSL suit because the parties settled the case.) Briefly, Monaghan's argument is that AMC is a religious institution, and under the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine, the court has no jurisdiction over any employment action or decision that AMC takes.

To learn why this is a silly thing for Monaghan to say, see what was said back in June by canon lawyer extraordinaire Ed Peters and Fumare's own Casimir Pulaski.

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