In a unanimous decision June 17, the Supreme Court said that a Catholic social service agency should not have been excluded from Philadelphia’s foster care program because it did not accept same-sex couples as foster parents.
Catholic scholar and legal expert Ryan T. Anderson warned that if the Equality Act is passed it would significantly impact women’s privacy and safety, genuine equality, medical practices and religious liberty.
Supporters of a compromise measure called the Fairness for All Act say this proposal would establish “much-needed civil rights for LGBTQ persons” and at the same time provide “robust protections for religious freedom.”
The White House issued a proclamation honoring the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket Dec. 29 and inviting “the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches and customary places of meeting with appropriate ceremonies.”
In response to the Supreme Court’s Dec. 3 order saying federal judges should take another look at pandemic limits on California churches, San Francisco’s archbishop said: “The time is overdue for our civil officials to work with us and other churches on worshiping safely.”