Philadelphia's Antireligious Cruelty

Philadelphia's Antireligious Cruelty
Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald

I try very hard not to take for granted the life I've been given. When I was born, my biological mother couldn't care for my brother and me. We were taken from her and placed in foster care through Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia. We were fostered and then adopted by Cecelia Paul, the woman I called mom. I always say, "Whoever raises you—that’s your mother."

But there are children in Philadelphia today who might not get the same chance I did. That's because the city shut down Catholic Social Services over a religious-freedom dispute two years ago. Fortunately the organization, and countless unknown children, got another chance this week.

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