#Catholic Social Services

Anchorage Daily News

Editorial: Honoring America’s promise by keeping its doors open

Catholic Social Services of Alaska announced recently that within the next several months, 50-100 Afghan refugees will be settling in Alaska. As is common when significant numbers of immigrants arrive from outside the U.S., this news has sparked debate about immigration and refugees in general, as well as these refugees specifically. As Alaskans, we ought to welcome them with open arms.
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Supreme Court Dodges Another Religious Liberty Fight

The Supreme Court once again sidestepped a conflict between religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws when it ruled in June that Philadelphia officials violated the First Amendment by requiring a Catholic charity to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. Philadelphia refused to renew a contract with Catholic Social Services because the...
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The Citizens Voice

Roxanne Foy, LCSW, BSD

Roxanne Foy, 55, of Dallas, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by family. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lillian Fimowicz Foy. She spent her early childhood in Hanover Twp. until the flood of 1972, after which the family moved to Dallas, where she lived until her passing.

The Smith Case, Religious Freedom, and Originalism

In June, the Supreme Court decided Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, unanimously striking down the city’s decision that it would no longer refer children to Catholic Social Services, or enter a full foster care contract with it in the future, because the agency refused to certify same-sex couples as adoptive parents. But the unanimity did not disguise the most significant underlying issue in the case: three justices would have overruled Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith (1990), and two justices who joined the Court’s narrower opinion (not overruling Smith) suggested there were strong arguments to overrule it, though it wasn’t necessary to do so in this case. That could sound like an imminent death knell for Smith.

Federal Judge To Rule if Health Workers Should Get Religious Exemption to COVID-19 Shot

A federal judge soon will decide whether health care workers should be able to opt out of Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for religious reasons. Nine unnamed workers sued the state to demand such an exemption, which is not currently allowed. Their lawsuit could take on broader significance in light of a conservative shift on the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Jon Levy asked both sides how he should look at Maine’s rule in light of recent opinions that signal a greater sympathy to religious liberty arguments.
Daily Nebraskan

AFSA and BASA host drive to help Afghan refugees coming to Nebraska

The Afghan Student Association and Bosnian American Student Alliance are hosting a “Resources for Refugees” drive through Friday to support Afghan refugees coming to Nebraska. The drive started Sept. 13 with bins located at the Nebraska Union, Nebraska East Union and Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. All donations will be given...
Constitution Daily

Federal Judges on Blockbuster Supreme Court Cases

Three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals joined host Jeffrey Rosen for a live panel held on September 17, Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. They shared an inside look into some of their rulings that then became blockbuster Supreme Court cases. Judge Cheryl Ann Krause discussed her ruling in the case involving a cheerleader who was punished for a Snapchat, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. Judge Stephanos Bibas spoke on his decision in one of the major Trump campaign challenges to the 2020 election results, Donald Trump for President, Inc v. Secretary Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And Judge Marjorie Rendell shared insight into her decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the case spurred by the city barring Catholic Social Services (CSS) from placing children in foster homes because CSS refused to allow same-sex couples to be foster parents. The judges also reflected on their work more broadly, their efforts to find compromise among colleagues with differing opinions, and their important roles in American government.

Mark Your Calendar

Catholic Social Services open & available While Helping Hands has recently discontinued service, Catholic Social Services is still open and available for those in need. Located at the same location, next door to the former Helping Hands store, we are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For additional information, please contact (251) 246-0131. JHS Class of 1980 […]
Dayton Daily News

You can help! Stork’s Nest collects items for little ones

Dayton Right to Life has operated the Stork’s Nest Baby Pantry since the 1980s. Each year the nonprofit assists over 1,000 families with essentials for their young children, ages newborn to 5 years old. “Families really struggled in 2020,” says executive director Margie Christie. “Throughout the COVID crisis, we kept...