by Ian Tuttle, National Review
‘As you did it to one of the least of these,” Jesus told his disciplines, “you did it to me.” So when 60,000 of the least of these crossed over the United States’ southern border last year, albeit illegally, faith-based organizations came to their aid, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, harboring the harborless. Thousands of children found themselves in the care of federally backed Catholic agencies, awaiting their date in court, or awaiting union with relatives in the country. They were strangers, and the Church welcomed them.
But that is not sufficient for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed suit against the federal government, requesting documents it believes (read: hopes) will show that Catholic agencies administered by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have refused to offer contraception or abortions to unaccompanied minors in their care. “The Catholic bishops are taking millions of dollars in federal grants, and then imposing their beliefs on this vulnerable population who they are supposed to serve,” ACLU staff attorney Brigitte Amiri told Fox News. “That raises serious concerns under the separation of church and state provision in our Constitution.”
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