This is a story about a legal case that rose all the way to the Supreme Court and shocked a nation. It is considered a news story, an important one. It is also a story about a splintered high court that unanimously came together to defend religious liberty and because of that it is considered a political story.
In the end, however, this is a story about three mothers who dedicated their lives to children. Theirs is a beautiful story of love, faith, and perseverance.
Cecilia Paul, Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch all cared for and loved for children in Philadelphia when few others would.
For four decades, Cecilia Paul with the help of Catholic Social Services (CSS) quietly brought in more than 130 foster children into her Philadelphia home. She adopted six of them. A former nurse in a children’s hospital, she had said that “caring for children in need” was her “life’s work. In 2015, the city of Philadelphia honored her as the “Outstanding Foster Parent of the Year.”
Sadly, just three years later she would be forced to sue that same city. In March 2018, the city government ceased placing children with foster parents that partner with Catholic Social Services demanding that the agency change its religious practices or close their crucial ministry. The city cut off CSS for its refusal to place children with same-sex couples despite the fact that the agency serves all children in need, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.
The city had an existing exemption policy but had never used it.
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