Catholic Conference statement on SCOTUS decision on church restrictions

Published on November 26th, 2020

Following is a statement by Dennis Poust, director of communications for the NYS Catholic Conference, regarding last night’s granting of an emergency writ of injunction by the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of a challenge by the Diocese of Brooklyn and others over severe attendance restrictions instituted by New York State on houses of worship:

“Last night’s decision by the Supreme Court is an important one for religious liberty. While we believe, and the Court agreed, that the “hot zone” restrictions on religious gatherings were unduly harsh, our churches have been otherwise eager partners with the state in protecting the health of our parishioners, clergy, staff, and surrounding communities during this devastating pandemic. That will continue, as protecting the vulnerable is a pro-life principle. We are proud of the success we have had in keeping our people safe.

The Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of New York State in public policy matters.