- Jan 18, 2020
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, said the Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was “deeply disappointing” since a number of senators failed to “simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary” and instead “challenged her fitness to serve due to her Catholic faith.”
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who heads a Committee on Religious Liberty the U.S. bishops recently voted to make permanent rather than ad-hoc, applauds the recent “Trinity Lutheran” decision of the Supreme Court allowing a religious school to receive government aid to resurface a playground, and says it should trigger a push to eliminate all “Blaine amendments” from state constitutions.
“What faith communities do to serve our communities, not just their own, is indispensable,” Archbishop William E. Lori said. “One of the reasons I’m in the religious liberty fight is not just because I’m looking for privileges for my faith community or folks like me … but I’m looking for the freedom to serve to make sure we can make our contribution.”
Trump may arguably be the most ‘pro-gay’ Republican president in U.S. history. Trump has in fact kept Obama’s executive order that protects gay and transgender employees from discrimination while working for federal contractors, a decision that some prominent Catholics have described as “troubling and disappointing.”
Archbishops Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia and William E. Lori of Baltimore, heads of two bishops’ committees, have expressed concern that President Donald Trump won’t overturn an Obama executive order barring discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”