CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 20:01 pm
Alliance Defending Freedom International has launched a petition addressed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule in favor of religious freedom in Chile.
The ruling will have ramifications for all member states of the Organization of American States.
The petition campaign addresses the case of Sandra Pavez, a lesbian and former nun. The Diocese of San Bernardo did not renew her certificate of suitability to continue teaching religion classes in 2007 because Pavez chose to cohabit with her female partner and go public with the relationship.
Bishop Juan Ignacio González Errazuriz of San Bernardo had informed Pavez that if she continued in that relationship "he would be obliged to revoke her certificate of suitability, for not giving 'the witness of a Christian life', which the Catholic Church expects from its teachers," the campaign explains.