Catholic Charities USA Responds to Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia: Welcomes Steps to Safeguard Service to People in Need Consistent with our Faith and Values

Alexandria, Va. (June 17, 2021)–Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in favor of religious freedom in the Fulton v. City of Philadelphia case.

Catholic Charities USA welcomes the court’s ruling today to protect Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia’s ability to serve people in need in a manner consistent with the Church’s faith and values. In their history, Catholic Charities agencies have enjoyed a cooperative partnership with government to work for the common good. Such cooperation has been predicated on valuing diverse perspectives and mutual respect. Hopefully we will continue to work together to serve all people with dignity and respect.

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic background. Please visit for additional information.

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CCUSA's Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, the team urges policy makers to encounter the needy and vulnerable in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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Patricia Cole, VP Communications


A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 13 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at