Archbishop Nelson Pérez has written a commentary, “SCOTUS should uphold Catholic Church’s First Amendment rights,” posted Nov. 2 in the Philadelphia Inquirer, on the challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to deny foster care referrals through Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The suit on behalf of CSS was brought by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which began its argument before the court Nov. 4.

The beginning of the commentary is below, and the full article appears here:


I consider Philadelphia my foster home. Like so many American families, the story of mine is one of migration. My parents fled Cuba during the communist revolution and made their way to Miami, where I was born. We later wound up in a city ironically called West New York, N.J.


In a separate piece, Toni Simms-Busch also wrote a commentary, “Philadelphia’s closing of a Catholic ministry will put kids at risk. The Supreme Court must stop it.” It was posted Nov. 4 in the Washington Post on her experience as a single mother caring for foster children in her home as referred by Catholic Social Services in the past.

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