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Politics Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19

00:05  27 november  2020
00:05  27 november  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with religious organizations in a dispute over Covid - 19 restrictions put in place by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that limited attendance at religious services.

Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan applauded the Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday to block restriction on religious gatherings that had been put in place by New York to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Timothy M. Dolan wearing glasses talking on a cell phone: Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 © Getty Images Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19

"Our churches are essential," Dolan wrote in one tweet in which he congratulated the groups that had brought the challenges to the New York restrictions.

"I'd like to congratulate @BpDiMarzio and the @BrooklynDiocese on their victory for religious freedom in the U. S. Supreme Court. Our churches are essential," Dolan wrote Thursday on Twitter.

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction late Wednesday blocking New York’s governor from enforcing 10- and 25-person occupancy limits on religious institutions, granting The court said there’s no evidence that the organizations that brought the lawsuit have contributed to the spread of Covid - 19 .

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Dolan also wrote in a second tweet that while Catholic churches had adhered to safety measures because of the coronavirus, it was important to preserve "religious liberty."

The Supreme Court late Wednesday in a 5-4 decision suspended measures New York had instituted that limited the number of people who could attend religious services.


Video: Supreme Court blocks New York Covid-19 restrictions on houses of worship (MSNBC)

The decision marked a rightward shift for the court that ruled against similar cases this year from Nevada and California before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

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WASHINGTON—A 5-4 Supreme Court blocked New York from imposing strict limits on attending religious services to combat Covid - 19 . New Justice Amy Coney Barrett cast the pivotal vote to depart from past cases, which deferred to state authorities on public-health measures against the coronavirus.

In a 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court sided with religious organizations in a dispute over Covid - 19 restrictions put in place by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo limiting the number of people attending religious services.

A more conservative justice, Amy Coney Barrett, is now on the court. She was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate in the fall after Ginsburg's death.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) criticized the decision Thursday but argued it would not have a practical effect because restrictions have been lifted as cases in New York have eased.

He said the decision showed how the Supreme Court had chaged.

"I think that Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else," said Cuomo. "It's irrelevant from a practical impact because the zone that they were talking about has already been moved. It expired last week. I think this was really just an opportunity for the Court to express its philosophy and politics."

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"While we protect our communities, it is also important to protect that fundamental Constitutional right, religious liberty," Dolan wrote."I'd like to congratulate @BpDiMarzio and the @BrooklynDiocese on their victory for religious freedom in the U. S. Supreme Court," Dolan tweeted on Thanksgiving Day, tagging Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzi and the local diocese, the district under the bishop's care.

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