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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
The NCBC Joins the USCCB in Applauding U.S. Supreme Court Decision (Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer) Protecting Religious Freedom
June 29, 2017
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


Dr. John M. Haas, PhD, STL, President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, stated that he echoes the sentiments of Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, who offered the following statement in response to this just decision:

"Today's decision is a landmark victory for religious freedom. The Supreme Court rightly recognized that people of faith should not be discriminated against when it comes to government programs that should be made available to all. The decision also marks a step in the right direction toward limiting the effects of the pernicious Blaine Amendments that are in place in many states around the country. Blaine Amendments to state constitutions, most of which date back to the nineteenth century, stem from a time of intense anti-Catholic bigotry in many parts of the country. We are glad to see the Supreme Court move toward limiting these harmful provisions, which have restricted the freedom of faith-based organizations and people of faith to serve their communities."

Dr. Haas added: “The Center is committed to working tirelessly in support of the USCCB, in its efforts to prevent the erosion of constitutionally protected rights to religious freedom. There is only one more essential right guaranteed by our forefathers, the right to life.  The Church’s role is securing these freedoms in the delivery of health care is never more critical; and we are proud to serve with the Bishops of the United States in protecting these freedoms.