The Supreme Court on Thursday decided unanimously in favor of Catholic Social Services in its lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia, ruling that the city violated the group’s free exercise of religion.
The case – Fulton v. City of Philadelphia – concerns the largest city in Pennsylvania ending its foster care contracts with Catholic Social Services because the faith-based agency said it would not certify same-sex couples to be foster parents; the agency’s policy was religious, due to the Church’s teachings on marriage and family. The agency also does not certify unmarried couples as foster parents, regardless of their sexual orientation.
The city argued that the policy constituted discrimination according to its nondiscrimination ordinance, and would no longer work with the group.
In the majority ruling, the high court found that “The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”
One legal expert said the ruling was significant for religious freedom.
Professor Richard Garnett, a First Amendment expert, said the ruling “will have significant impact.”
“It is striking, and telling, that the Court’s more liberal justices joined the Court’s decision,” Garnett noted. “Today’s ruling illustrates that respect for religious freedom should not be a partisan, or left-right issue. All nine justices agree that, when a rule targets religious practices for disapproval, or singles our religious exercise for burdens, it is highly suspect.”
Full story at Catholic News Agency.
Jesus has a lot of catching up to do. This victory is nothing, really. Compared to all the losses? Get real.
“Jesus has a lot of catching up to do?” You need to respect Our Lord! Our Lord has no “losses.” Sinful human beings have numerous, tremendous losses.
I should tell my boss that any successes are attributable to me but any failures are attributed to others. Wonder how long I could get by with that?
Christians say all success is due to God and all failures and sins are due to us.
So God has the ultimate white privilege?
A schokingly positive outcome.Our prayers are indeed heard.Praise God!
Thanks be to God. I’m in inner city Philadelphia today and we walked to the nearby parish for Mass, one of the blessings of being Catholic. Although not “my” parish, it is my Church, we’re everywhere. The pastor led the Mass as in the Roman Missal and preached a solid homily. Though smaller in number, parishioners from the neighborhood showed up. People here seem relieved and to understand that it is best for a child to be raised by a mother and a father.
And, a 9-0 Supreme Court ruling says something, including about answered prayers. Religious liberty in our nation is not dead yet. Ora et labora!
So it wasn’t TLM?
Love is love. A = A.
Married male and female couple + child = family.
It’s the only equation that works, and it’s God’s. God is Love.
Sure hope you don’t invite ailing grandma to live with you then because that would upset the equation.
There are different kinds of love and how they are expressed. You love your parents differently than you love your spouse, your children, your friends.
You might love your co-worker but you better not show it in creepy ways.
I had a friend whose daughter was kidnapped by a man who loved her. She got back-married to him. It was eventually annulled but not before she was abused physically.
I have had a life of people saying that they loved me while they treated me abusively.
That “love is love” expression doesn’t fly with me at all. I know the rate of abuse in bi-sexual, gay and straight relationships. It is always higher for females than males. (study is binary, sorry)
If you being told that you are loved, love doesn’t hurt. Love is respect. Love is patient. Love is kind.
parents = mother + father = parents = A + B
A + B – B ≠ A + B ≠ A + A
love ≠ sex
love of child ≠ love of spouse ≠ love of pizza ≠ love of Dodgers ≠ love of dog
Not all loves are equal. Do the math.
You cannot love what cannot love you back. Pizza is great but like your dog, is incapable of love because neither have a soul.
Yes you can. I love chocolate.