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UPDATE: Sioux City Catholic Diocese responds to religious discrimination suit

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) The former Chief Financial Officer of the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the school he used to work for, the Sioux City Diocese and Bishop R. Walker Nickless.

David Newbrough served as the school's CFO from 2003 through January of 2013 when he was informed the position had been eliminated.  According the suit, Newbrough says he was brought on by former Heelan school president Father Patrick Walsh, with the approval of then Bishop Daniel DiNardo, despite not being Catholic.  Newbrough says in January school superintendent Dan Ryan told him the system could not afford the position and it was being downgraded.

Days after his termination, Newbrough says Ryan wrote a note in the conference room saying all staff must be Catechist Certified, which he claims meant all staff must be Catholic.  Newbrough says he was fired because he's not catholic.

He says he was also let go as a volunteer basketball score keeper after filing a claim with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

A spokesperson for the diocese says they have many teachers and staff members who are not catholic.  Kristie Arlt says it is policy that teachers are certified catechists, but do not have to be catholic.  She says parents of children in the schools expect the teachers to have some understanding of the catholic faith.  Arlt says the schools and the diocese denies the allegations and will fight the suit in court.

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