The Philadelphia archdiocese “strongly recommends that all members of the Catholic community” get vaccinated unless they are medically exempt, the priest wrote.
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Legal experts say decision heralds a positive outlook for religious-freedom cases of Catholic adoption and foster-care agencies nationwide.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Legal experts think the bigger decision will come in overturning 1990’s ‘Employment Division v. Smith.’
COMMENTARY: The decision is also powerful evidence that the Supreme Court, as it is currently constituted, doesn’t play politics.
When he is installed, Archbishop-elect Perez will oversee almost 1.3 million Catholics and 214 parishes in Philadelphia.
Bishop Perez, 58, born in Miami to Cuban parents, is the first Hispanic bishop to lead the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The city announced that it would cease all foster-care placements through Catholic Social Services due to Church teaching on marriage. Supporters say religious providers offer needed service.
In a letter sent this week to the priests and deacons of the archdiocese, Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior said that the allegations concerned actions by a former student against another during the 2010-11 academic year.
A Nov. 15 article published by the U.S. bishops’ news service omitted much of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s response to critical remarks by Cardinal-elect Kevin Farrell.