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The Associated Press reported last week that the group won’t sign a new contract with Kentucky due to a new contract clause prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.
COMMENTARY: Oral arguments in the First Amendment case Fulton v. Philadelphia began Wednesday.
Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch, who have fostered more than 40 children and who partnered with Catholic Social Services, brought the case against the city that is currently before the Supreme Court.
A key religious liberty case involving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s adoption services program is on the court’s docket for the upcoming term, and a number of abortion-related cases also might be heard.
In March 2018, Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was informed that the city would no longer refer foster children to the agency for assistance because of its faith-based stance on same-sex marriage.
There were 17 Jesuits who lived at the facility’s infirmary, and all of them had tested positive for COVID-19 April 17.
'I find it necessary to emphasize that Father Martin does not speak with authority on behalf of the Church, and to caution the faithful about some of his claims,' the archbishop wrote in a column on the archdiocese's website Sept. 19.
A Church official said the scope of the investigation does not seem to include conspiracy or other institutional charges.